Wimbledon day 10: Roger Federer crashes out as Novak Djokovic marches on

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Roger Federer waves goodbye

Roger Federer’s pursuit of more Wimbledon glory ended as he was soundly beaten by 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

The Pole won 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0 to cap a career-best win for him, while also clearing the path nicely for defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Denis Shapovalov made it through to a first grand slam semi-final while Matteo Berrettini also booked a spot in the last four.

Here, we look at the events of day 10.

Tweet of the day

Quote of the day

“Clearly there’s still a lot of things missing in my game that maybe 10, 15, 20 years ago were very simple and very normal for me to do. Nowadays they don’t happen naturally anymore.” – Roger Federer

Hubert’s Centre of attention

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They say you should never meet your heroes, but try telling Hurkacz that. The Pole admitted that he started playing tennis because of Federer and here he was meeting him in the Wimbledon quarter-final on Centre Court.

Not many people gave him much of a chance before the match, but he delivered a devastating performance, winning in straight sets. Not only did he send the eight-time champion and king of Centre Court packing, he also did it by dishing out Federer’s first bagel since 2008.

Andrew Castle: It’s a joy to cover Wimbledon with tennis legends

Let it never be said that Wimbledon is taken for granted.

After the tournament was postponed in 2020, its return brings with it a degree of comfort, familiarity and excitement to the British sporting summer, even for those so accustomed to being there.

“It’s just unbelievable to be back”, says Andrew Castle, former British No. 1 and the BBC’s lead tennis commentator at Wimbledon, where Novak Djokovic is favourite to lift the 2021 men’s singles title in the latest sports betting site Betway.

“I was sitting next to John McEnroe on the first day and he was just delighted, too. Even off-mic, he was saying how wonderful it is.”

You can read more of Andrew Castle’s quotes over on the Betway piece itself.

Picture of the day

Denis Shapovalov celebrates

Shapovalov made it through to his first grand slam semi-final with an epic five-set win over Karen Khachanov (Steven Paston/PA)

Shot of the day

Stat of the day

Djokovic continued to amaze.

From boys to men

A younng Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov won the boy’s title in 2016 (Steve Paston/PA)

Shapovalov and Marton Fucsovics had differing results in their quarter-finals but they had something in common, in being the two men in the draw who had won the junior title.

Fucsovics won it in 2010 and Shapovalov followed suit six years later to show that there is a clear pathway for success on the grass. Both men have had breakthrough tournaments in 2021, with Shapovalov making it through to the semi-final with a five-set win over Karen Khachanov and Fucsovics bowing out to defending champion Djokovic.

Celebrity corner

Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein

Actor Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein (John Walton/PA)
Sir Trevor McDonald

Former newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald (Adam Davy/PA)
Actor Eddie Redmayne

Actor Eddie Redmayne (Adam Davy/PA)

Day 11 order of play

Centre Court

Ashleigh Barty v Angelique Kerber
Karolina Pliskova v Aryna Sabalenka

Day 11 weather watch

22 degrees – Cloudy changing to light rain by lunch time (Met Office)

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