By AP -- Roger Federer has been feted by plentifulness of ovations astatine Centre Court. None rather similar this one, though. This was not a celebration. It felt much similar a "Thank you" oregon — conscionable successful lawsuit — a "goodbye."
The eight-time Wimbledon champion mislaid 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0 to 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland successful the quarterfinals astatine the All England Club connected Wednesday (Thursday AEST), a amazingly lopsided decorativeness to Federer's 22nd quality successful the tournament.
As Federer stepped the baseline to service successful the past game, helium needed to hold portion fans successful the full-to-capacity stands applauded and cheered. Soon enough, it was over, lone the 3rd 6-0 acceptable mislaid by Federer successful 429 vocation Grand Slam matches; some of the others came astatine the French Open — successful his 1999 Slam debut against Pat Rafter and successful the 2008 last against Rafael Nadal.
"I don't cognize what to say. It's ace peculiar for me. I mean, playing connected this peculiar tribunal against Roger — it's always, erstwhile you're a kid, it's similar a imagination travel existent to play him," said Hurkacz, a 24-year-old from Poland who successful the lead-up to the lucifer called Federer his idol.
Asked if helium could person imagined this result, Hurkacz replied: "Probably not."
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And yet, this was not the Federer the satellite is utilized to watching. He underwent 2 operations connected his close genu successful 2020 and was sidelined for much than 12 months successful all. He arrived astatine Wimbledon having played a full of 8 matches this season.
Factor successful property — Federer turns 40 connected August 8, truthful this was his past large successful his 30s — and possibly it was conscionable excessively overmuch to inquire that helium marque his mode to the closing weekend, adjacent if this is simply a tourney he's won much than immoderate different man, and adjacent if it's contested connected a surface, grass, connected which he's best.
He simply ne'er was capable to summon the serving and shot-making that person carried him to 20 Grand Slam titles overall, tied with Nadal for the men's record.
On the different fractional of the draw, No. 1 effect Novak Djokovic volition conscionable No. 10 Denis Shapovalov successful the semifinals.
For astir 20 minutes Wednesday, Djokovic was not rather his indomitable, infallible self.
After racing to a 5-0 pb astatine the outset, helium dropped 3 consecutive games to his unheralded quarterfinal opponent, 48th-ranked Marton Fucsovics. Wasted 5 acceptable points successful the process, too.
Soon enough, Djokovic righted himself, arsenic helium usually does, and bushed Fucsovics 6-3 6-4 6-4 connected a windy, overcast day astatine Centre Court to scope his 10th semifinal astatine the All England Club and 41st astatine a large tournament.
That allowed the 34-year-old from Serbia to proceed his pursuit of a sixth title astatine Wimbledon — and what would beryllium a 3rd successful a enactment — on with a 20th Grand Slam rubric overall.
And there's this, too: Djokovic improved to 19-0 successful matches astatine majors this play arsenic helium pursues the archetypal calendar-year Grand Slam by a antheral since Rod Laver successful 1969. Djokovic seized trophies connected the Australian Open's hard courts successful February, connected the French Open's reddish clay successful June and present seeks to adhd 1 connected Wimbledon's grass.
"I'm not chasing anybody," Djokovic said. "I'm making my ain way and my ain journey, my ain history."
Shapovalov edged No.25 Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1, 6-4 implicit astir 3 and a fractional hours astatine No.1 Court.
"Obviously, he's the champion subordinate successful the world," Shapovalov said astir Djokovic, "but I deliberation thing is possible. And erstwhile you look astatine the scoreboard archetypal happening connected Friday ... it's going to beryllium 0-0. So that's it. Nothing other matters."
Hurkacz's hostile Friday volition beryllium No.7 Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who bushed No.16 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3.
Hurkacz ne'er had made it beyond the 3rd circular astatine immoderate major; that's erstwhile helium mislaid to Djokovic astatine Wimbledon 2 years ago.
Still, Hurkacz looked rather comfy connected this unfamiliar stage. He played sublimely, with 3 times arsenic galore winners, 36, arsenic unforced errors, 12.
In the opening set, helium didn't look truthful overmuch arsenic a azygous interruption constituent and was blameworthy of conscionable 4 unforced errors to Federer's 10.
It appeared Federer yet was opening to marque immoderate headway aboriginal successful the 2nd set, earning a trio of interruption points and nosing up 2-0 connected a double-fault. After his 2nd service recovered the net, Hurkacz pointed an scale digit astatine his temple, past shook his head.
Federer past weathered 3 interruption points successful the adjacent crippled to pb 3-0.
But Hurkacz conceded nothing. Undaunted by the setting, the stakes, the foe oregon the almost-uniformly-for-Federer fans, Hurkacz claimed 4 of the adjacent fives crippled to propulsion adjacent astatine 4-all, breaking on the mode with a stinging forehand instrumentality of a 101 mph service that rushed Federer and drew a backhand into the net.
In the tiebreaker — which was preceded by large chants of "Let's go, Roger! Let's go!" and rhythmic clapping — it was much of the same: Hurkacz hitting his spots and Federer stumbling.
On 1 foray to the net, Federer mislaid his footing and, successful the process of catching his balance, missed what could person been a elemental volley.
The 3rd acceptable went by successful a blink, and erstwhile it ended with Federer missing a forehand good wide, helium rapidly packed his bags and hustled disconnected toward the locker country with a question and a thumbs-up.
WIMBLEDON QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS
Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Marton Fucsovics, Hungary, 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Denis Shapovalov (10), Canada, def. Karen Khachanov (25), Russia, 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4.
Hubert Hurkacz (14), Poland, def. Roger Federer (6), Switzerland, 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0.
Matteo Berrettini (7), Italy, def. Felix Auger-Aliassime (16), Canada, 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3.
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