Mats Wilander believes the ‘intimidation factor’ of Roger Federer has started to fade following his Wimbledon defeat to Hubert Hurkacz.
Federer was comprehensively outclassed by Hurkacz in their quarter-final clash, even suffering a bagel in the final set as he struggled to pick himself up.
Much of that will be due to the fact he has recently returned from a lengthy injury, but Wilander believes Federer is no longer a player that people fear, and that has a big impact too.
“[Hurkacz] was just too good,” Wilander told Eurosport.
“Federer is obviously not at his best at the moment. But Hurkacz just made him look ordinary for once; he is a really, really good tennis player.
“When you have a lack of matches, you can have a bit of a lack of confidence. When your forehand is not working, it’s not easy to fall back on the rest of your game when your number one strength is not working perfectly.
“The intimidation factor is starting to fade away with Federer, as it does for everyone – but more than anything, Hurkacz played an unbelievably solid game and he deserved to win. He handled the nerves extremely well.”
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