Halle | Hurkacz and Medvedev reach final

Daniil Medvedev reached his second successive grass court final where he will face Hubert Hurkacz for the Halle Open title and hopes to go one better than last week’s Den Bosch disappointment by winning this time.

I really enjoy playing on grass courts. Of course Daniil is No. 1 in the world. I’ve never beaten a No. 1 in the world before. It’s going to be a tough one but I’ll try to enjoy it and play as good as I can Hubert Hurkacz

Medvedev cruised into his 25th career final defeating German Oscar Otte 7-6(3) 6-3 and like the week before, went through the draw without dropping a set.

“I didn’t play well in Halle last year, so I’m happy that this year I managed to raise my level,” the Muscovite said.

“As I’ve always said, I love playing on grass, so I’m happy to show to myself that I’m capable of being in the final of one of the greatest tournaments, especially on grass, and of course I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

After Medvedev was broken for the first time at the event, Otte had the set in his hands but failed to serve out double-faulting on set point.

“I was not playing good enough in the beginning of the match,” added Medvedev. “I was missing too many shots. The serve was actually not that bad, but I was missing way too many shots.

“I managed to change it by the end of the first set, especially in the tie-break. That’s when I started to miss less, play more aggressive and get depth on my ball. Second set I just continued throughout, and it was enough to break him one time and get the second set.”

Hurkacz stopped the streaky Nick Kyrgios in a thriller 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4).

Hurkacz made the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and is a legitimate threat on grass and consequently shouldn’t be discounted.

“One or two shots,” Hurkacz said of the difference. “Definitely super close. Nick played a really, really great match. He’s a great player, so it was definitely a super tough one.”

Medvedev and Hurkacz have split four meetings but the Pole has yet to be beaten in a final having previously reached and won four.

“When you play in the finals, you always want to get the big trophy,” Hurkacz said. “It’s always super exciting to be part of the last match of the tournament.

“I really enjoy playing on grass courts. Of course Daniil is No. 1 in the world. I’ve never beaten a No. 1 in the world before. It’s going to be a tough one but I’ll try to enjoy it and play as good as I can.”


Daniil Medvedev loves to play on grass

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