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Hurkacz proves too much for second seed Medvedev; sets up clash with Federer

Hubert Hurkacz. Photo: ATP

London, July 6 (MNN) Hubert Hurkacz sailed into his first-ever Wimbledon quarter-finals as he took down number two seed Daniil Medvedev in their held-over fourth round contest on the Centre Court here at the Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The young Pole Hurkacz set up a quarter-finals fight with eight-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old number 14 seed was sharper and more composed of the two from the moment they resumed, ending Medvedev’s hopes 2-6, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

It has been quite a year for the world number 18 from Wroclaw. In April he captured his first Masters 1000 title in Miami and now he can look forward to the first major quarter-finals of his career despite arriving in London on the back of a six-match losing streak.

Medvedev started the day favourite to finish things off after rain late on Monday meant the contest was switched from number 2 Court to Centre Court overnight.

The Russian led by two sets to one and began the day serving at 3-4, but a double fault on break point in the opening game of the day helped Hurkacz force a decider.

The 6ft 5in Pole struck early in the fifth, breaking to love thanks to a crunching backhand return in the third game. And he looked calm and composed throughout the closing stages as he completed one of the biggest wins of his career.

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