The Polish Hubert Hurkacz surprised the second seed for the title on Tuesday, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, and advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, where he will meet none other than the Swiss Roger Federer, this Wednesday from 11:30 (scheduled time).
It was a 2-6, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 and 6-3 victory for the Pole, number 18 in the ranking, over the Russian (2nd) in a match that it had been suspended due to rain on Monday midway through the fourth quarter, when Hurkacz was 1-2 down in sets and 4-3 up in that quarter.
Hurkacz, who took the title at the Miami Masters 1,000 last April, reached a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in his career after turning history around Medvedev, champion this year in Marseille and Mallorca and finalist in the Australian Open.
Medvedev never seemed to enter the game on Tuesday and the Pole took the first two games after the restart, which earned him the set, and broke the Russian twice more in the fifth to finalize his chances of being crowned in the English Grand Slam as number one in the world to beat the Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Thus, with one less day of rest, the Pole will face Federer for a place in the semifinals, in which it will be the second match of his career against the Swiss, after he beat him at the 2017 Miami Masters. The 39-year-old, 337-day-old Swiss is coming off becoming the oldest to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday. by beating the record of Australian Ken Rosewall, who was 39 and 224 days old when he reached that instance in 1974.
On the other side of the Federer / Hurkacz key they will face each other, this Wednesday at 11, and the Italian Matteo Berrettini (9th), which comes from eliminating the Belarusian Iliá Ivashka (79th) by 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, and Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (19th), who defeated the German Alexander Zverev (6th) by 6-4, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 3-6 and 6-4.
Djokovic, for his part, will face the Hungarian Márton Fucsovics (48th) from 9.30, another who is in the best moment of his career after leaving Russian Andrey Rublev (7th) in the round of 16 and Diego Schwartzman (11th) from Buenos Aires in the third round.
If he advances, the Serbian will go against the survivor of the duel that will be played from 9 am between the Russian Karen Khachanov (29th) and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (12th), executioners of the American Sebastian Korda (50th) in five sets and the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (10th) in three, respectively.
On the women’s side, the favorites continue at a steady pace. Australian Ashleigh Barty, number one in the ranking, surpassed his compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic (75th) 6-1, 6-3; while Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (4th) won Tunisian Ons Jabeur (24th) by 6-4 and 6-3. Barty will face the German Angelique Kerber (28th) in the semis, while the Belarusian will go against the Czech Karolina Plisková (13th).
As for the doubles, the presentations of the from Mar del Plata Horacio Zeballos with the Spanish Marcel Garanollers, and the from Tandilense Máximo González along with Italian Simone Bolelli, they were passed to Wednesday.