Federer crashes out in Wimbledon quarters

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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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Switzerland's Roger Federer bowed retired of Wimbledon connected Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)

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.

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland celebrates knocking Roger Federer retired of Wimbeldon 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) (Getty)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) playing against Roger Federer (SUI) successful the quarter-final of the Gentlemen's Singles connected Centre Court astatine The Championships 2021. Held astatine The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 9 Wednesday 07/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker (Getty)

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.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his triumph implicit Marton Fucsovics successful the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. (Getty)

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."

Denis Shapovalov celebrates aft winning lucifer constituent against Karen Khachanov astatine Wimbledon. (Getty)

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.

Matteo Berrettini plays a backhand against Felix Auger-Aliassime successful the Wimbledon quarter-finals. (Getty)
Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic supports her fellow Matteo Berrettini successful the Wimbledon quarters. (Getty)

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.

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz celebrates aft defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles quarterfinals lucifer connected time 9 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships successful London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)

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.

Roger Federer waves to the assemblage arsenic helium leaves centre tribunal aft losing to Hubert Hurkacz. (Getty)

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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