Hubert Hurkacz became just the fourth Polish man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday with a five-set win over Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev.
World number 18 Hurkacz triumphed 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match held over from Monday due to rain and will now face Roger Federer for a place in the semi-finals.
Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz celebrates winning against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during their men’s singles fourth round match.Source:AFP
The 24-year-old follows in the footsteps of fellow Poles who made the last-eight – Wojtek Fibak (1980) and Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot (2013).
The match was the only one in the singles draw to become a casualty of the weather Monday after starting on Court Two.
British television personality Mary Berry (top) sits on court to watch Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz play against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.Source:AFP
They resumed under the roof on Centre Court with Medvedev 2-1 up and on serve at 3-4 in the fourth.
But Hurkacz, the 14th seed, came out fired up and broke in the first game and levelled the match with an ace.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia stretches to play a forehand in his Men’s Singles Fourth Round match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.Source:Getty Images
With Medvedev not looking himself at all, Hurkacz broke him to love for 2-1 in the decider and clinched the match on Medvedev’s serve when the Russian tamely volleyed into the net.
“Playing on this unbelievable court, probably the best court in the world, with this magnificent crowd, is so special. It really means a lot to me,” he said. “We were out on Court Two and then came in here. Being here and being able to win that match is so big for me.
Hubert Hurkacz of Poland and Daniil Medvedev of Russia shake hands at the net after their Men’s Singles Fourth Round match.Source:Getty Images
“Stopping yesterday in the fourth set was a first for me. I worked with my coach and physio to prepare for today and try to do things better. I think I did a pretty good job today,” he said.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer jumps to play a return against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.Source:AFP
The win will see Hurkacz take on Federer in the quarter finals, a player he described as his hero.
“I think Roger, for this sport, is unbelievable. The way he plays, the titles he won,” he said. “But you guys enjoy watching me as well so it’s going to be fun. I hope I’ll get a bit of support as well.”
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