Hubert Hurkacz continues his stellar performance in the ATP Masters 1000 hardcourt competition in Miami. On Wednesday, Pole and American John Isner caused a sensation and advanced to the doubles semi-finals.

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Hubert Hurkacz

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After two wins, the wild card duo Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner entered the quarter-finals, and a real challenge awaited them. American Rajiv Ram and Britain’s Joe Salisbury stood in the way of the pole and the American ranked number two. These titled doubles triumphed at the Australian Open 2020 and the US Open 2021. Salisbury will be at the top of the doubles classification on Monday.

So Hurkacz and Isner were not candidates, but they fought brilliantly and showed a very good side. After 90 minutes they upset the doubles class 7:6 (7), 6:3.

There were no cracks in the first set, although in the sixth game Hoobie and Big John had to defend two break points. So he decided to tie the fate of the first release. There was no shortage of this emotion in the game. The Polish-American couple squandered their 5-2 lead and the court’s position shifted. Ram and Salisbury had a set ball and there was only a happy play after the tape saved the international and his partner. After changing teams, Hurkacz defended the second set with a header. Then there was another turn in the movement, because the Wroclaw player scored a point with a Ram pass and finished the first part of the game.

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At the start of the second set, it got tense and both spouses had their chance. First, Isner got out of trouble, winning service from 30-40 states. Then Ram’s pass was broken, but the Pole and the American, who went 2-0 off, did not maintain their edge. Already in the third match, the opponents made a break in the service of Hurkacz, and then this led to a draw for 2.

Subsequent matches fell prey to passers-by, until there was a situation with a score of 4: 3 for Horkáchs and Isner. Salisbury couldn’t stand the pressure and threw the ball twice at an important moment. The Briton lost the serve and the Polish-American duo were knocked out 5:3. Sentiments arose when the Poles and Americans did not use three games in a row. Fortunately, on the fourth (at 40-40) “Big John” sent an ace.

Hurkacz and Isner qualified for the semi-finals of the doubles tournament in Florida, where they play Thursday (after 23:00) on the grandstand with Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios. The Australians made a real sensation in January when they won the Grand Slam in Melbourne in style.

Hurkacz will also play an important singles match on Thursday. at. At 19:00 of our time, he will face Danio Medvedev in a duel, the share of which will be in the semi-finals. The pole defends the title, and the Russians are struggling to regain the top spot in the ATP rankings.

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Miami Open, Miami (USA)
ATP Masters 1000, Hard Court, prize pool of $8.584 million
Wednesday 30 March

Quarter-final doubled:

Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, WC) / John Isner (USA, WC) – Rajeev Ram (USA, 2) / Joe Salisbury (UK, 2) 7-6 (7), 6-3

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