Daniil Medvedev talks about his loss to Hubert Hurkacz
Daniil Medvedev was not pleased with himself after he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in Wimbledon’s Round of 16 that was delayed by rain in five sets. Hurkacz won to make his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal but unfortunately, he had to go through Daniil.
It was a gruelling match for both players since they had to stop their momentum because of the rain. It was a tough match already since they played similar styles and they were almost equal. However, Daniil struggled in this match which was the main reason behind the loss.
After the series, Daniil spoke about his rough game. He said, ‘I played really bad today. He definitely played really well. I played probably [my] worst two sets since Rome. I will just continue working… Today my best was really low, but I did my best’.
The Russian will come back stronger after this event. This was a hard time for him because he had a chance to win the entire event but he had a bad performance against Hurkacz.
Despite the win, Hurkacz admits he had a hard time playing against Daniil. In the first set, everything went according to plan for the Russian but Hurkacz started to improve in the second set and the momentum kept going for the rest of the match. There were tie-breakers which just proved this was a match that anyone could win.
After the match, Hurkacz praised Daniil for a hard fight. He said, ‘Daniil is an unbelievable player. We battled so hard on No. 2 Court. So to win is incredible… I knew I needed to get off to a strong start today and I think I did a pretty good job’.
Hurkacz will play against Matteo Berrettini in the semis which will be another tough matchup. The Italian is the 7th seed in this event which is a sign that he is one of the best players. Since the other side of the bracket has Novak Djokovic, Hurkacz has lucked out by not playing against the top ATP Tour star.
It will still be a tough match since Matteo is still a top-tier player. It will also be fun to watch with every player set to perform better.
Words: Cholo Martin