It was the 24-year-old Polish tennis star’s first time reaching the quarter-finals, as Federer appeared in his 18th.
If the exit of the eight-time champion was a surprise, the manner of it was even more so – Hurkacz triumphed in three sets – 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.
Federer, 39, was looking to become the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the Open era, but he looked like the shadow of the player who graced Center Court for so many years.
The Swiss star committed 31 unforced errors; Hurkacz only made 12.
Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and was aiming for a ninth Wimbledon title on his favorite turf surface.
Federer’s loss on Wednesday was only his 14th in 119 appearances at Wimbledon and his first straight Grand Slam loss on turf since 2002, the year before his first championship there.
“I noticed the misfires, Roger’s awkward points and obviously the last set of course, 6-0,” three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker told the BBC.
The goal is to play
Facing the media and asked if he was considering retiring, Federer replied that he was not thinking about quitting playing.
“No, it’s just about having a perspective,” Federer told reporters. “You need a goal when you’re in rehab with what I’ve done.
“You can’t think of the whole mountain to climb as once. You have to go in stages. Wimbledon was the first initial super stage.
“For me, now that it’s over, you just have to reassess everything. You have to sit down, talk about it, what went well, what didn’t go so well, where is the body, where is the knee, where is the spirit?
“I just gotta talk to the team, take my time, don’t feel rushed by you guys [the media] or anyone else, for that matter. I have to take my time, make the right decision, the one decision I want to make and where I feel most comfortable.
“That’s where it leaves me. But, no, I hope that doesn’t happen. The point is to play, of course.”
Hurkacz will play his first Grand Slam semi-final – he is only the second Pole to reach the last four at Wimbledon after Jerzy Janowicz in 2013.
The Pole will face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini on Friday, while Novak Djokovic will meet Denis Shapovalov in the other semi-final.
Pursuing his 20th Grand Slam title, Djokovic defeated Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday, while Canadian Shapovalov defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6 -4.
Meanwhile, Berrettini got the better of Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, with the Italian winning in four sets – 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3.
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