Hurkacz Wimbledon 2021 Federer

Hubert Hurkacz warns he won’t be nervous to face ‘big inspiration’ Roger Federer

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Hubert Hurkacz has spoken of how “special” Roger Federer is but revealed he will not be overawed by taking on the eight-time champion in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The 14th seed reached the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time by defeating world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round.

The 24-year-old Pole was down two sets to one and up 4-3 in the fourth set when the fourth round clash was suspended on No. 2 Court due to rain on Monday.

The match was concluded on Centre Court today, and the world No. 18 believes it may help him in his quarter-final against Federer on Wednesday.

“I think actually playing today might have helped me because I get used to the indoor conditions, the conditions on the big court and how the ball bounces there,” Hurkacz said in his post-match press conference.

“I think that actually can help me in my next round match. Playing on such a big arena, from the outside court the ball bounces a little bit different. Being out there, it’s so special.

“I’m just enjoying it a lot. I think I’ll need to be prepared tactically. I’ll speak to my coach Craig Boynton, and we’ll be as ready as we can. Obviously Roger is a special player, what he achieved throughout his whole career is unbelievable.

“And the way he plays – so, so special. Being out there, playing quarter-finals against him is really amazing. But obviously, I’m out there to play my best and give myself the best chance of winning the match.

“He was a big inspiration for me – the success that he had, the way he played, how he plays in the important moments. No [I won’t be nervous playing him].”

Hurkacz Wimbledon 2021 Federer
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