Wimbledon: Hubert Hurkacz beats Daniil Medvedev in five sets to set up quarter-final clash with Roger Federer
Hubert Hurkacz came through in five sets to knock out world No 2 Daniil Medvedev after their fourth-round clash resumed on Centre Court having been suspended due to the rain on Tuesday evening
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 06/07/21 3:51pm
Hubert Hurkacz was inspired by a switch to Centre Court as he stunned second seed Daniil Medvedev to book a Wimbledon quarter-final against his hero Roger Federer.
The 24-year-old from Poland came from two sets to one down to win their rain-interrupted fourth-round match 2-6 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3 6-3.
The match was the only one in the singles draw to become a casualty of the weather on 'Manic Monday', having started on Court Two. 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, immediately took the initiative by breaking in the first game and levelled the match with an ace.
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.
Hurkacz said: "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.
"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.
"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."
Wroclaw-born Hurkacz decided to take up tennis as a youngster after watching Federer.
"I think Roger, for this sport, is unbelievable. The way he plays, the titles he won," he added. "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."
Medvedev, who is gearing up to represent Russia at the Olympics in Tokyo, was meanwhile left bemused and short of answers for his performance throughout the match.
"I have no explanations or reasons why I couldn't play good, but I couldn't put one ball in the court," he said. "For him the job was to just put some pressure and serve good. Well, that was easy."
"I will just continue working. I mean, I don't have anything specific I need to work. Just everything, just improve every day like I try to do."
"That's how after you can have no regrets because when you have regrets, it's very disappointing. Now, I mean, in two hours I'm going to already forget all about Wimbledon in a way, just because, well, I did my best. Today my best was really low, but I did my best. Let's wait for the next Wimbledon."