Roger Federer detail as Wimbledon star succumbs to 11-year curse

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Hubert Hurkacz (pictured left) reacting during Wimbledon and (pictured right) Roger Federer catching a ball.
Hubert Hurkacz (pictured left) has fallen to the 'Halle Open' curse, having lost the first round at Wimbledon after winning the ATP event, which has happened to every player since 2011 except for Roger Federer (pictured right). (Getty Images)

Tennis fans have pointed out a wild tennis 'curse' after one of the favourites and Halle winner Hubert Hurkacz suffered a stunning first round loss at Wimbledon.

World No.37 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina triumphed over the seventh-seeded Pole 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8) in a match interrupted twice by rain.

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Hurkacz was tipped to go far on the same side of the draw as Novak Djokovic having just defeated World No.1 Daniil Medvedev in the Halle final.

But, Hurkacz appeared way off his game as he lost in a remarkable five-set super tiebreak against the Spaniard.

The Pole's loss in the first round sparked yet again another remarkable stat.

Every player other than Federer to have won the Halle Open since 2011 has lost in the first round of Wimbledon.

This now includes six winners of Halle in a row to lose in the first round of Wimbledon since 2011.

Federer won Halle in 2013-15, 2017 and 2019 before advancing past the first round at SW19.

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Hubert Hurkacz stunned at Wimbledon

Incredibly, Hurkacz was the man to defeat Federer in the quarter-finals last year.

Against Fokina, Hurkacz saved three match point in the third set.

And in a huge turnaround, Hurkacz also had the opportunity to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fifth.

"When the rain came at 5-5 in the third set, I didn't know whether to have lunch or take a siesta," said 2017 junior champion Davidovich Fokina.

"I was struggling a little bit but I kept playing my game."

Novak Djokovic (pictured) thanks the crowd after his first round win at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic (pictured) after winning his match against Soonwoo Kwon on Day One of the Wimbledon Championships. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

On the same side of the draw, six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic was all smiles on centre court after shaking off some rustiness and indifferent recent form to kick off his title defence in record-breaking mode.

Seeking a fourth successive Wimbledon title, Djokovic was made to work for his laborious 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory under the centre court roof on a rainy opening day.

The No.1 seed, out of sorts at times, still notched up an extraordinary new milestone, becoming the first player - man or woman - to record at least 80 singles victories at all four grand slams.

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