The Swiss lost 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 to the Pole, who reached his first Grand Slam semi-final. It is the first time 20-time major champion Federer has lost a set to love at the All England Club.
Hubert Hurkacz knocks out his idol, eight time champion Roger Federer in straight sets to advance to his Grand Slam semifinals. Hurkacz will play seventh seed Matteo Berrettini for a place in Sunday’s final. “It’s super special for me. Playing here and the special things Federer has done here, it’s a dream come true.” said Hurkacz, only the second Polish man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam.
Hurkacz, who was six when Federer won his first title at SW19, is the first player to win a set to love against the Swiss since Rafael Nadal in the 2008 French Open final. An impressive Hurkacz, who won the Miami Open in April before going off the boil in the following tournaments, forced but squandered three break points before finally breaking Federer’s serve in the sixth game of the opening set.
Federer, at 39 years and 337 days, had been bidding to become the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the Open era. But defeat marked his first straight-set loss at Wimbledon in 19 years and left pundits and fans wondering whether this could turn out to be his final appearance at the grass-court Grand Slam.