Medvedev falls to Hurkacz in 5-set thriller

    Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz threw second seed Daniel Medvedev after the pair returned on Tuesday to finish the rain-stricken race and reach their first quarter-final, where eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer will meet.

    World No. 2 Medvedev was ahead of Hurkats by two sets on Monday in the fourth set when the game was canceled for the day due to rain after the players had spent two hours and 25 minutes on Stadium Two.

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    But the 24-year-old Khurkaks, 14th, showed a completely different player when the game started again under the closed roof of the Gates Center, winning 2-6, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3, 6 -3 .

    “Playing in this incredible stadium, perhaps the best in the world, with an amazing crowd is really special,” Hurkac said in an interview on the pitch.

    “Daniil is an incredible player. We fought so hard at number two. So the win is incredible … I knew I had to start from a strong start today and I think I did a very good job.”

    Hurkats could not have hoped for a better start as he broke Medvedev immediately after the resumption with the Russian double error at a breaking point. The Pole then held a serve to level the match in two sets each.

    Medvedev took a comfortable break at the end of the fourth set having just played two games, but things did not change when he returned to the field.

    The Pole broke the Russian service at the beginning of the decisive set to continue his upward course before a second break sealed the fate of the competition with Medvedev finding the net with low forehand volley at the point of the match.

    Then for world number 18 will be the 39-year-old Federer, the 20 times bigger winner, who defeated him in his first previous meeting in 2019 at Indian Wells.

    “Roger, what he does, the titles he has won, is a real inspiration,” Hurkacs said of the Swiss great. “I hope to get some support tomorrow.”

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