Second Service: Federer dumped; Djokovic reaches 10th Wimbledon semi-final
On Second Service today, we look at the reaction to Roger Federer’s quarter-final defeat whilst Novak Djokovic reaches his 10th Wimbledon semi-final.
Firstly, Roger Federer’s hopes of winning a ninth Wimbledon title came to an abrupt halt after he was comprehensively beaten by Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.
Federer was dispatched 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 in just one hour and 51 minutes on Centre Court, raising question marks over whether the 39-year-old would ever feature at Wimbledon again.
Although Federer was far from his best, Hurkacz produced the performance of his life to claim a career best win.
The second set looked to be heading the way of Federer as he led 4-1, but the Pole battled back to force a tie-break and served excellently to take complete control of the match.
Following the match, Hurkacz said he was honoured to share Centre Court with Federer at Wimbledon.
“I don’t know what to say, this is super special for me. Playing on this special court against Roger is a dream come true,” said the Pole.
In other news, Novak Djokovic reached a 10th Wimbledon semi-final with a straight sets victory over Marton Fucsovics, moving a step closer to winning a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title.
Djokovic has dropped just one set en route to the semi-finals in the first set of his opening round against Jack Draper, and the Serbian was happy with his performance yet again.
“It was a solid performance, I started extremely well and closed out the opening set 6-3. In the next two sets one break of serve was enough. Credit to Marton for fighting, he had a great tournament,” said Djokovic.
“I have to win my semi-final. The two quarter-finalists are great, quality players. Shapovalov made some big wins, Khachanov is looking great and we are all looking great.”
22-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov will meet Djokovic in the semi-final on Friday after a five-set thriller against Karen Khachanov.
Despite spending far more time on court than the Serb, including two five-setters, Shapovalov is confident he can cause an upset.
“Novak is the best in the world, but anything is possible. The scoreboard on Friday will be 0-0, nothing else matters it’s a tennis match that will go either way. I believe in myself and team, anything is possible,” said the Canadian.
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