Wrocław tennis player Hubert Hurkacz faces the game of his life tonight as he prepares to take on 20-time grand-slam champion Roger Federer.
Hurkacz has hurtled up the rankings in recent months and is now in the world’s top 70. The Wrocławian’s rapid rise was further aided by his 1st ever win against a top-ten player just over two weeks ago, when he defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori in Dubai.
Hurkacz has now continued his fine form into the prestigious Indian Wells Masters Event. He defeated Kei Nishikori again earlier in the week before seeing off world number 25 Dennis Shapalov on Wednesday.
That victory has resulted in 22-year-old Hurkacz qualifing for his first ever semi-final of a Masters tournament.
In tonight’s semi-final Hurkacz will face the ultimate test in the shape of Roger Federer, arguably the greatest player in the history of tennis.
Hurkacz has described the legendary Swiss player as his idol and he explained to reporters yesterday that watching Federer is one of his first tennis memories.
“He’s just playing different, the way he plays, hits the ball. That’s very special. For sure he’s inspiring to me.”
Hurkacz and Federer have never met before in a competitive match, but they did practise together at last year’s Masters tournament in Shanghai.
When asked about that meeting, Federer told the press yesterday that Hurkacz made very few errors. The 20-time-grand-slam champion also rates Hurkacz as one of a few young players with great potential to achieve a lot in the game.
If you fancy watching tonight’s match, it is scheduled to start at 7pm and will be broadcast on Polsat Sport News. However, in the event of a delay please be aware that coverage of tennis switches to Polsat Sport Extra after 9pm.