Federer has moved serenely into his 86th Masters 1000 quarter-final and faces a man, who will be playing in the first of his career.Hurkacz has sur
Federer has moved serenely into his 86th Masters 1000 quarter-final and faces a man, who will be playing in the first of his career.
Hurkacz has surprised many with his run to the last eight, beating the likes of Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov.
The 6-foot-5 Polish talent has been steadily rising up the ATP rankings and will play his childhood idol for the first time.
He said: “The way he plays, hits the ball.
“That’s very special. For sure he’s inspiring to me.
“[It] was my dream since I was a child. That’s the greatest thing that can happen to a tennis player, playing on the big stadiums, big events against big players.
“Especially here in the quarter-final is something special for me.”
Federer and Hurkacz have practised before, at the Shanghai Masters.
And the Swiss star is excited at the prospect of playing someone new for the first time.
He said: “He’s up and coming, so that’s fun. I have never played him before other than practice.
“It’s nice to see what they have in the matches and really get a sense how much more we will see of them.
“For me, at a top level, I like it that I’m not playing the same guys every single week.”
The winner of this match will play either Rafael Nadal or Karen Khachanov in Saturday’s semi-final.
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