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.
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.
It will be Hurkacz’s first Grand Slam semi-final and he is only the second Pole to reach the final four at Wimbledon after Jerzy Janowicz in 2013.
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