Wimbledon 2021 witnessed a never-before-seen incident in the quarterfinal. Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam winner and eight-time Wimbledon champion, was hammered 0-6 for the first time in SW19. The individual who inflicted this humiliation was Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. This set social media on fire. Hurkacz became the first individual in the history of Tennis to inflict a 6-0 bagel on Federer in Wimbledon. In the entire playing career of the Swiss Maestro, he was bageled only twice before this. One against Pat Rafter and the other against Rafael Nadal, both in Roland Garros.
Not only did Hubert Hurkacz inflict a 6-0 bagel on Federer, but he also went one step further and achieved a straight-sets win. The 6-3,7-6, 6-0 win by Hurkacz was the first time Federer had lost in three straight sets since 2002, when he was beaten by Mario Ancic. Who is Hubert Hurkacz, the Polish player who has created a Tsunami of intrigue after beating Federer in Wimbledon?
As a junior, Hurkacz reached the 2015 Australian Open boys’ doubles final. In 2018, he qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals held in Milan. Hurkacz won his first ATP title in Winston-Salem by defeating Benoit Paire in 2019. In that same year, he encountered Roger Federer for the first time. In the ATP Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells in California, Federer beat Hurkacz 6-4,6-4 in the quarterfinal.
Hurkacz’s Tennis prowess is nothing new. His mother, Zofia Maliszewska-Hurkacz, was a junior tennis champion in Poland. Both his uncles were tennis players and his grandfather was a volleyball player at an international level. Hurkacz began playing tennis at the age of five after his mother introduced him to the sport as she practiced. His mother and father Krzysztof were his first teachers.
Hurkacz became interested in professional tennis while watching Roger Federer on television. The Polish player has a younger sister, Nika, who also plays tennis.
Hurkacz played in the 2018 French Open and defeated Tennys Sandgren in the first round. In August, Hurkacz made his US Open debut. Hurkacz faced Stefano Travaglia, who fell victim to the extreme heat and retired. In the second round, Hurkacz lost to 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.
In March, Hurkacz played at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, where he made it to the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career. Hurkacz defeated Kei Nishikori in the third round and Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round. Following Indian Wells, Hurkacz achieved a new career-high singles ranking of world No. 54. In the 2019 Miami Open, where he defeated Matteo Berrettini in the first round. Hurkacz took down the 2019 BNP Paribas Open champion, Dominic Thiem.
For the first time in his career, Hurkacz reached the third round of a Grand Slam. In 2019, he gave Novak Djokovic a run for his money. For two sets, Hurkacz gave Djokovic all he could handle before eventually succumbing to the top seed in four sets. He advanced to his second career ATP Tour final in straight sets. In the final, he defeated Sebastian Korda to win his second ATP title.
However, his best moment has come in 2021 Wimbledon. In the fourth round, he defeated world number two Daniil Medvedev. But, he will be remembered for being the first person to inflict a bagel on Federer in Wimbledon.