Record winner Roger Federer failed to crash in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon against a great Hubert Herkaz. Conversely, defending champion Novak Djokovic took it easy. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini are also in the semi-finals.
Federer had no rest on Wednesday, losing outright against Hubert Herkaz in 1:48 hours with 3:6, 6:7 (4:7), 0:6. Pole will take on Italian Matteo Berrettini in his first Grand Slam semi-final on Friday, having defeated Canadian Zverev winner Felix Auger-Aliassim in four sets.
Since Federer will turn 40 on August 8, the question of his return to Wimbledon will inevitably arise when he leaves. It was not until March that the Grand Slam record winner returned from a year-long injury with two knee operations and declared the Lawn Classic in London a prime target.
“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Federer said when asked about a possible final departure from Wimbledon, “Of course I’d like to play here again.” But at my age you never know what will happen. He’ll “take a few days” and speak to his team: “The goal is definitely to keep playing.”
Wimbledon: Harkaz calm and creative – Federer flawed
Harkaz showed no nervousness in the second match against his great idol, winning only one match (six losses) between his surprise Masters title in Miami and Wimbledon in early April. While the 24-year-old played carefree and constructively, Federer hardly found any means against a strong serve from pole on his return.
“He has achieved such special things here,” said Harkaz after defeating his idol: “For me, a dream will come true.”
For a long time the world number one did not appear confident or impressive – he often hit the balls impeccably or hit badly. The tie-break in the second set was symbolic, with Federer conceding several simple points due to inaccuracy.
Even after that, he was not able to release his spasm, his resistance broke down, and Harkaz confidently finished the match.
Wimbledon: Djokovic definitely intact
Djokovic firmly holds the historic 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. The world number one player from Serbia, who is aiming for a third straight win in London, scored her tenth semi-final with an undisputed 6:3, 6:4, 6:4 against Hungary’s Marten Fuskovics at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Arrived in He also surpassed his former coach Boris Becker, who had reached the semi-finals nine times in his “living room”.
“It was a solid match,” Djokovic said. “I love this sport with all my body, my heart and my soul,” he said in response to his hunt for the record: “Sometimes things feel real, but nothing can be taken for granted. Come on. Let’s move on.”
Djokovic, who has already won in Melbourne and Paris this year, will take on Denis Shapovalov in his 41st major semi-final. The 22-year-old defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6:4, 3:6, 5:7, 6:1, 6:4 and was only the third Canadian to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.
With his sixth Wimbledon win, Djokovic could have achieved a major career goal. This will be his 20th Grand Slam title overall, so he will be tied with joint leaders Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal (Spain). In his 41st major semi-final, Djokovic, who had already won in Melbourne and Paris this year, will face either Denis Shapovalov of Canada or Karen Khachanov of Russia.
Djokovic partially focused on 100th lawn win
In his 100th win on grass, everything looked like a strong performance from Djokovic until a 5-0 win in the first set. But then he let Fuscovi get the better of the game, as the defending champions occasionally lacked concentration and made unusually insignificant mistakes. But when the matter became important, “Joker” again brutally attacked. With a loud scream, he came up with the second set victory.
In his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam, Fuscovi didn’t really have the courage to put the top favorite in serious danger – there were enough chances. After 2:16 hours, Djokovic, who had so far only had to drop a set in the first round against British Jack Draper, ended the match.
Wimbledon: Men’s quarterfinals at a glance
|player 1||player 2||result|
|Novak Djokovic (SRB/1)||Marten Fuskovics (HUN)||6:3, 6:4, 6:4|
|Roger Federer (SUI / 6)||Hubert Herkaz (POL/14)||3:6, 6:7, 0:6|
|Karen Khachanov (RUS/25)||Denis Shapovalov (CAN/10)||4:6, 6:3, 7:5, 1:6, 4:6|
|Matteo Berrettini (ITA/7)||Felix Auger-Aliasim (CAN/16)||6:3, 5:7, 7:5, 6:3|