Wimbledon: 'I don't know if we'll see the great man again here' - Reaction to Roger Federer shock loss to Hubert Hurkacz
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer suffered a huge shock in the quarter-finals as 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz produced the performance of his life on Centre Court. Federer, who has a staggering 20 Grand Slam singles titles to his name, was bagelled in astonishing fashion in the third and final set as Hurkacz completed a quite stunning performance in clinical fashion.
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Hurkacz has become only the second Polish man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam, while it is the first time Federer has been bagelled at Wimbledon. Becker and McEnroe gave their reactions.
"I noticed the mis-hits, awkward looking points from Roger and obviously the last set of course, 6-0," Becker said on the BBC.
He would never ever say if there was a niggle, but I don't know if we will ever see the great man again here.
"The other side of the coin - yeah your opponent didn't have the best of days (to put it mildly) but you still have your job to do and put it out of your head that you are playing Federer the legend.
"All credit to him for that. There are certain rules even Roger Federer has to obey - and it's matches. You don't get that in practice. You only find out how good you are when you put yourself in that position, and today he wasn't good enough."
McEnroe added on the BBC: "I can't believe it's just happened, but he is human."
Poland's Hubert Hurkacz celebrates winning against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club
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Federer was comprehensively outplayed, and even rousing from a packed Centre Court couldn't help in a third set in which he got bagelled in astonishing fashion.
Hurkacz respectfully stood aside and applauded as Federer received a huge ovation from the fans on his way back to the locker room.
"It's super special for me," said Hurkacz in his on-court interview.
"Playing here and the special things [Federer] has done here, it's a dream come true."
Next up for the 24-year-old will be a semi-final clash with Italy's seventh seed Matteo Berrettini, who overcame Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in their quarter-final on Court One.
The 39-year-old Federer had been aiming to become the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the Open era, but his tilt for a ninth title is now over.