An inspired Hubert Hurkacz downed Roger Federer in a monumental shock in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday evening.
The 14th seed produced the performance of his life on Centre Court as he won through to the semi-finals, 6-3 7-6 6-0, at the expense of the Swiss superstar.
It took just one hour and 49 minutes for Hurkacz to produce what was, in truth, a total demolition of the eight-time champion at SW19 on his favourite court.
Hurkacz, who also stunned second seed Daniil Medvedev in the previous round, fired down 10 aces and produced 36 winners in a performance which was utterly brilliant and incredibly ruthless.
Hurkacz has become only the second Polish man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam, while it is the first time Federer has been bagelled at Wimbledon.
“I can’t believe it’s just happened, but he is human,” remarked tennis legend John McEnroe on the BBC.
Boris Becker added on the BBC: “I noticed the mis-hits, awkward looking points from Roger and obviously the last set of course, 6-0.
“He would never ever say if there was a niggle, but I don’t know if we will ever see the great man again here.”
“The other side of the coin – yeah your opponent didn’t have the best of days (to put it mildly) but you still have your job to do and put it out of your head that you are playing Federer the legend.
“All credit to him for that. There are certain rules even Roger Federer has to obey – and it’s matches. You don’t get that in practice. You only find out how good you are when you put yourself in that position, and today he wasn’t good enough.”
Federer was comprehensively outplayed, and even rousing from a packed Centre Court couldn’t help in a third set in which he got bagelled in astonishing fashion.
Hurkacz respectfully stood aside and applauded as Federer received a huge ovation from the fans on his way back to the locker room.
“It’s super special for me,” said Hurkacz in his on-court interview.
“Playing here and the special things [Federer] has done here, it’s a dream come true.”
Eurosport’s Mats Wilander gave his reaction: “He [Hurkacz] was just too good today. Federer is obviously not at his best at the moment. But Hurkacz just made him look ordinary for once; he is a really, really good tennis player.
“When you have a lack of matches, you can have a bit of a lack of confidence. When your forehand is not working, it’s not easy to fall back on the rest of your game when your number one strength is not working perfectly.
“The intimidation factor is starting to fade away with Federer, as it does for everyone – but more than anything, Hurkacz played an unbelievably solid game and he deserved to win. He handled the nerves extremely well.”
Next up for the 24-year-old will be a semi-final clash with either Italy’s Matteo Berretini or Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, who are playing their semi-final on Court One.
The 39-year-old Federer had been aiming to become the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the Open era, but his tilt for a ninth title is now over.