Hubert Hurkacz will play in the semi-finals of the ATP 250 indoor competition on hard courts in Metz. On Friday, the Polish tennis player for the second time in one month turned out to be better than three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray.
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Just a month ago, Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 13) and Andy Murray (ATP 113) met in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 competition in Cincinnati. In Ohio, the Pole who won 7:6 (4), 6:3 was better. On Friday, they both faced each other for the second time on the tour, this time indoors. In Metz, fans experienced déjà vu because Hobi finished the match with the same score.
In the first set, both men had their chances, but there were no breaks. Hurkacz attacked in the opening match, but the Briton sent a powerful pass when he was in danger. Then the match ended. There were a lot of good deals, but there were also a lot of non-forced errors. It was the errors that put the North Pole in trouble in the eighth game. Then he defended three break points, sending a great serve every time.
The tie break, in which the tennis player tried a short break, decided the fate of the first copy. This allowed him to build a safe advantage and go out 6-2. The previous ATP leaderboard started the late chase and even defended two hundred tokens. In the third set, “Hubi” was already effective, and the tape helped him, confusing the opponent, shooting into the net.
Hurkacz started with great confidence in the second game. The three-time Grand Slam champion couldn’t do much with his request. However, Pole patiently waited for his opportunities. He lived to see him in the fourth inning, as he developed two break points. In the first, the Briton sent an ace, but in the second, the Wroclaw man hit him with a backhand along the line. From that moment on, our tennis player dominated the situation on the court. In the ninth match, he took advantage of the third match and finished the match after 110 minutes.
Hurkacz qualified for the semi-finals of the Moselle Open Indoor Championships 2021. On Saturday, his opponent will be Petr Jojowczyk (ATP 101), who won on Friday 3:6, 6:1, 6:3 with American Marcus Jeron. In 2017, the German triumphed in Metz as a qualifier. Now he also plays as a qualified tennis player.
Moselle Open Championship, Metz (France)
ATP 250, hard court in the hall, total prize money of 419.4 thousand. euro
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