Roger Federer has been hailed as an inspiration by Hubert Hurkacz ahead of their Wimbledon quarter-final match.
In the fourth round of Wimbledon, the Polish star upset second seed Daniil Medvedev.
Roger Federer has been praised as an inspiration by Hubert Hurkacz ahead of their Wimbledon quarter-final match. Following convincing victory in round four, the two will meet off at SW19 on Wednesday for a spot in the final four.
Hurkacz stunned world number two Daniil Medvedev in a rain-delayed match on Tuesday afternoon.
Medvedev had a two-set lead overnight but struggled to get going after the break, allowing Hurkacz to complete the comeback.
The Pole’s reward for his 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory is a showdown against Federer, the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
After cruising past Italian Lorenzo Sonego 7-5 6-4 6-2 on Monday, the 39-year-old sixth seed is still on track for a 21st Grand Slam.
Hurkacz thanked the spectators for their support in such unusual circumstances during his post-match interview on Centre Court.
Hurkacz remarked, “Playing on this incredible court, the best court in the world, with this magnificent crowd is very unique and means a lot to me.”
“Daniil is a fantastic player. We were fighting on Court Two, then returning to complete the match.
“He’s the world’s number two, and he has incredible skills, but winning this match in front of you guys feels incredible.
“Stopping at the end of the fourth set yesterday was a first for me, so I talked to my coach and worked with my physio to get ready for today and do things better than yesterday.”
He also praised Federer, his quarter-final opponent, for securing a spot in the last eight on ‘Manic Monday.’
Hurkacz described the 39-year-old as an inspiration and expressed his anticipation for the event.
“What Roger does, how he plays, and the titles he has won over his career are incredible for our sport,” he remarked.
“He inspired so many people, and it’ll be a lot of fun, but I’m looking for some help.”
Due to Medvedev’s exit, Federer is now anticipated to reach the final, where he will most likely face world number one Novak Djokovic.
If he beats Hurkacz on Wednesday, the Swiss star will face the winner of the other quarter-final match between Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger Aliassime on Thursday.
It would be scheduled after the latter defeated Federer in Halle earlier month. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”