Hubert Hurkacz (14th place in the ATP) has so far successfully combined singles and doubles competition at the ATP 1000 Masters Tournament in Madrid. Almost every day, the Pole played two matches, in both singles and duos with John Isner. This was also the case on Friday.
Hubert Hurkacz finished two sets with aces
First, Hubert Hurkacz took singles on court. In the quarter-finals of the tournament, he faced the leader of the world ranking – Serbian Novak Djokovic. The pole did not have much chance of winning and lost in two sets – 3: 6, 4: 6. About an hour after the end of the match with Djokovic, the best Polish tennis player appeared on the field to fight in the doubles. Along with American Johnny Isner, he faced a duo from Germany: Kevin Kraweitz / Andreas Meese, who won the Roland Garros Grand Slam in 2019 and 2020. Germany also won this year’s tournament on clay in Munich and Barcelona, and in Madrid in the 1 finals /8 eliminated the duo seeded from “1”: Rajiv Ram/Joe Salisbury (USA, UK).
Hurkacz Isner played for Germany in March of this year, but on hard courts in Miami. Then the Polish-American duo won 6:3, 7:6 (7:3).
The start of Friday’s game, which at stake was the semi-final of the tournament, was a bit unexpected. Both spouses had trouble winning gems for their service. However, it was the Polish-American duo who lost their bids twice. In both cases, Hubert Hurkacz also served. The Germans only eliminated the serve match once, as a result of which they won the set 6: 4.
In the second installment, both duos have improved the quality of gem service. There were only three break opportunities – in the fourth game, Isner and Hurkacz missed two of them. On the other hand, in the seventh match, the Polish tennis player effectively and powerfully made a decisive point (he plays in this tournament in doubles at 40:40). As a result, there was a watershed. The Germans were leading 2-0, 4:2, but they didn’t take advantage. Hurkacz finished the ace designation.
The Polish-American duo dominated the tiebreak, playing up to ten points. Isner and Hurkacz have taken care of their websites very well. They also scored points twice from the German passes. In the score 8: 5 and the Polish service, there was a long exchange. He finished it off with a beautiful Hurkacz shot. A moment later, he showed an ace and finished the match.
Hurkacz-Esner will play in the semi-finals with the duo Wesley Kohlhoff / Neil Skopsky (Netherlands, Great Britain), who are seeded in the tournament with a “7”.
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