Hubert Hurkatcz dashed Sebastian Korda’s hopes of winning his first ATP Title when he won after 68-minutes, the Delray Beach Open 6-3 6-3 on Wednesday.
It feels great. It is great to win the title and I am so happy about that. This is a great start to the season Hubert Hurkatcz
It has been a good week for the 23-year-old Pole who hadn’t dropped a set all week, as he collected the second title of his career following what had been a tough year after winning in Winston Salem in 2018.
Korda, 21, who had battled through to the final with victories over Tommy Paul, John Isner and then Cameron Norrie, was broken four times with Hurkacz’s serve proving too solid for the young American.
“It feels great. It is great to win the title and I am so happy about that. This is a great start to the season,” the fourth seeded Hurkacz, ranked 35 and the first Pole to win the title, said.
“I am happy that I am improving and we (my team) are doing good stuff with C.B (coach Craig Boynton), and things are working so I am really pleased with this result.”
He now travels to Australia for the first major of the season where he will be competing after undergoing the 14-day quarantine which the authorities have imposed on all players.
“It’s the beginning of the season and I still need to work on a couple of things, but I hope I can play even better in Australia,” Hurkacz added.
Commenting on the final, the Delray champion continued: “I was trying to focus on things that I should do and to stay aggressive, because Sebastian is never going to hand me the match
“Sometimes It’s even tougher when your opponent is not feeling 100 per cent well. He’s trying to focus on what he can do, and he can serve big and hit big shots from the baseline, so it was crucial for me to stay aggressive and get an advantage there.”
Hurkacz is only the second Polish player to have won an ATP Tour title in the Open Era after Wojtek Fibak. At present he is the only player from his country ranked inside the top 100 on the Tour.