Roger Federer Upset by Hubert Hurkacz in 2021 Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2021

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz celebrates after winning the second set against Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles quarterfinals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Roger Federer saw his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title come short after Hubert Hurkacz earned a 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 upset in Wednesday's quarterfinal matchup.

Wimbledon @Wimbledon

And they say to never meet your heroes…<a href="https://twitter.com/HubertHurkacz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HubertHurkacz</a> knocks out his idol, eight-time champion Roger Federer, in straight sets to advance to his first Grand Slam semi-final<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/Qri1uriPDF">pic.twitter.com/Qri1uriPDF</a>

Hurkacz had 10 aces while winning 69 percent of service points on the way to a surprising victory over the No. 6 seed, continuing what has already been the deepest Grand Slam run of the 24-year-old's career.

Federer, 39, was the oldest quarterfinalist at this event's history, but his quest for a record 21st career major title came three wins short. 

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

The <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Wimbledon</a> crowd gave Roger Federer a standing ovation as he left the court 🙏<br><br>Legend.<a href="https://t.co/to39aQBhnt">pic.twitter.com/to39aQBhnt</a>

The first set showed what made Hurkacz such a tough competitor as he jumped out to a 6-3 win. The No. 14 seed went 15-of-16 on first-serve points and 5-of-5 at the net for a surprising opening-set victory:

Liz Clarke @lizclarketweet

In a swift 20 mins, Hubert Hurkacz takes 1st set vs <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rogerfederer</a> in their <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Wimbledon</a> QF. At 6-5, the 24 yo Hurkacz has a big serve, affinity for coming to net &amp; no apparent fear of Centre Court stage (or childhood hero, Federer) in his 1st time past 3d round of a major.

Tennis Channel @TennisChannel

Show no fear. 🙅‍♂️<a href="https://twitter.com/HubertHurkacz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HubertHurkacz</a> is looking calm, cool, and collected as he takes the first set 6-3 against Federer on Centre Court. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/BmaNcT6x7k">pic.twitter.com/BmaNcT6x7k</a>

In the biggest match of his career, the Polish star was there to compete.

"Being out there playing quarter-finals against him, it's really amazing," Hurkacz said before the match. "But obviously I'm out there to play my best and give myself best chance of winning the match."

Federer appeared to steady the ship early in the second set while going up 3-0 and 4-1 with some quality winners:

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Just look at that backhand! 🤩 <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rogerfederer</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/CV3dfQUqne">pic.twitter.com/CV3dfQUqne</a>

Hurkacz again showed his talent and resolve, however, fighting back to 4-4 before forcing a tiebreak against the veteran. He eventually pulled out the 7-4 win in a hard-fought tiebreak.

Mistakes were the true story of the match after two sets:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Upset alert:<br><br>Eight-time <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> champion Roger Federer down two sets to none to Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz in this quarterfinal.<br><br>6-3, 7-6(4).<br><br>Unforced errors:<br><br>Federer - 24<br>Hurkacz - 10

Somdev Devvarman @SomdevD

Hurkacz has played a perfect match so far<br><br>Roger far from it

The third set saw Federer simply fall apart as he couldn't keep up either on service or in the return game.

It resulted in a rare bagel against one of the best players in tennis history:

ATP Tour @atptour

The last time Roger Federer lost a set 6-0 at Wimbledon was...<br><br>Never. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a>

Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser

He has now. Only second time Federer has lost a set 6-0 anywhere in the 21st century (previous was vs Nadal in 2008 French Open final)

While this could create question marks about Federer's future on this stage, Hurkacz deserves the spotlight after a nearly flawless performance.

The young player was broken just once in the three sets, and he finished with 36 winners and only 12 unforced errors. 

It led to a shocking win that Hurkacz will likely never forget. He will now advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger-Aliassime.