Halle | Hurkacz takes out world No.1

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced an excellent performance to frustrate Daniil Medvedev in the Halle Open final for his first grass court title in preparation for The Championships, the third major of the year from which the world No.1 is currently banned

I’m happy to win my first ATP 500 title and of course, on the grass it is very special Hubert Hurkacz

Hurkacz produced an impressive 6-1 6-4 win having taken control early on in the match, cruising through the first set and then breaking Medvedev again early in the second to pace himself to victory.

“I’m super excited, I’ve been waiting a little bit for my first this year,” said Hurkacz following his fifth career title and first of the season. “I’m happy to win my first ATP 500 title and of course, on the grass it is very special.

“I was serving pretty good today and got a little bit of momentum from the first game. I saved a couple of deuces on my service game and then I managed to break Daniil’s serve so I definitely got a little bit of momentum. I’m very happy with the win in front of such a great crowd here.”

For the Muscovite its his second successive loss in a final within a week having also failed in the Den Bosch final against the Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven.

This time even his coach Gilles Cervara couldn’t stand and watch his charge who had started to abuse him as his frustrations increased at his failure to get a foothold of some sort on the match in the opening set.

“Daria, thanks a lot for this week,” Medvedev said following his loss and acknowledging his poor behaviour which would have embarrassed his wife.

“Not easy to be with me on the court sometimes but hopefully next time will be easier and much better.

“Also thank you guys [the crowd] very much, sorry for not making this match longer and more interesting!

“Congrats Hubert, great match today, great week,” he added. “Congrats to you and your team. You guys are super nice. Hopefully a lot more matches to play on the biggest stage. Congrats for a great week and the title.”

Medvedev will now defend his Mallorca title next week to wrap his grass season while Hurkacz, who made the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, will prepare to at least repeat that result.



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