Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.
It’s the Pole’s fourth career title and his 7-6(2) 6-3 victory was his fourth straight sets win in the historic city in the north-eastern region of France, which included a quarter-final victory over Britain’s former world number one Andy Murray and semi-finalist Peter Gojowczyk, a German qualifier.
“Pablo is an amazing player, so playing against him in the final here is something special,” Hurkacz said. “I needed to raise my level to play my best to be able to compete with him and today I came out on top — and I am super, super happy about this.”
The first set was a tight affair as Hurkacz rallied from a break down to force a tie-break and his consistency off the baseline proved crucial as he romped home after 82-minutes to secure his third title of the season after the Miami Masters and Delray Beach.
He later went on to add the doubles title with compatriot Jan Zielinski to provide the icing on the cake!
“The atmosphere here is very special here with all of you guys,” Hurkacz added as he complimented the band in the arena. “You guys [the band] make it an amazing atmosphere, so that is so nice that you guys are here.”
The 13th world ranked Pole, who beat Roger Federer on his way to the Wimbledon semi-finals, began the year ranked 35 but should rise one place following his Metz victory which also places him very much in the running for a place in the eight-man field for the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.