World No. 18 Hubert Hurkacz will take on World No. 8 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Wimbledon on July 7.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Roger Federer: Match Details
|Match||Hubert Hurkacz vs Roger Federer|
|Date||6th July, 2021|
|Venue||Wimbledon, Great Britain|
Hubert Hurkacz vs Roger Federer: Preview
Despite failing in the early rounds in the warm up tournaments on grass ahead of Wimbledon, Hurkacz has been the surprise package at this year’s Championships. He has been clinical all through the tournament, owing to which he has only dropped one set en-route to the quarters. In the fourth round he stunned World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in five sets to set up a clash with 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer. The 24-year-old has never gone past the fourth round at a Grand Slam. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how he absorbs the pressure of the big stage.
On the other hand, the Swiss maestro comes into this match after beating Lorenzo Sonego in three straight sets. Although Federer started roughly in the first round against Adrian Mannarino, he has slowly managed to find his groove. The eight-time champion is still far from his best and has also dropped three sets till now in the tournament. However, given his record and the surface at the All England Club, Federer will fancy his chances to make yet another appearance in the semifinals at Wimbledon. The 39-year-old’s service was also working well in the fourth round as he won 79% points on the first serve. Federer will be keen for his biggest weapon to come good going ahead into the business end of the Championships.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Roger Federer: Head to Head
These two have met only once on the ATP tour. Federer beat the Polish player in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells in 2019.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Roger Federer: Prediction
It will be interesting to see how this match shapes up. While Hurkacz has been consistent in reaching the quarterfinals, Federer is yet to find his full range. Hurkacz will need to try and attack the great Swiss not only from the back court but also at the net, at every given opportunity. That said, if Federer continues to find his first serve backed with his attacking forehand, then 24-year-old could be in some trouble. The eight-time champion will also bank of his rich experience of being in the final stages of a Slam. Given Federer’s big match stature and the surface, it is tough to see him not nudging his younger opponent for a place in the semis.
Match Prediction: Roger Federer should win in four sets.