The round of 16 of the Wimbledon men’s singles draw ended with a surprising result this Tuesday. Paralyzed on the second, during the fourth set, due to rain and being on an open court at the All England Club in London, the match between Russian Daniil Medvedev, the current number 2 in the world, feeling for the favorite against the Polish Hubert Herkaz and There was disappointment, falling from 3 sets to 2 in 18th place in the ATP rankings – with partials of 2/6, 7/6 (7/2), 3/6, 6/3 and 6/3.
Hurkaz, who made it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time, will have a tough task of challenging Swiss Roger Federer in the next match. He has crossed paths with only the 39-year-old veteran on the professional circuit and lost in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells, USA in 2019.
Federer, who played on the central court last Monday, joked in the interview after easily defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego 3 sets to 0: “I hope it rains more tomorrow (Tuesday)”. However, the meeting between Harkaz and Medvedev was transferred to the same Central Court under a retractable roof, which would guarantee its conclusion.
Haracz is only the fifth Polish tennis player in history to reach the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam, equaling Wojtek Fibach, who achieved the feat four times, with Jerzy Janowicz, Lukasz Kubot and Ignacy Tozinski, the latter only making one appearance.
Champion of the Masters 1000 in Miami, United States, the biggest achievement of his career after Polish did not do well and lost. By winning the first round of Wimbledon, defeating young Italian Lorenzo Musetti, he ended a six-game losing streak.
The match resumed on Tuesday in the fourth set and the rest period did not bode well for Medvedev. The Russian’s unforced errors shortened the stretch, with 11 runs from 32 in the match in the fifth set. Playing well down, he became easy prey for Harkaz, who noted a break in the third game and held the lead until the ninth, when he returned to beat his opponent’s serve to win and take a place in the quarter-finals.