He is slowly becoming a classic tennis player. Hurkacz and Murray played their first game in Cincinnati in August, and their second more recently—it ended with a final pole championship win in the Metz. Both meetings had a similar trajectory and both ended with the same score 7:6 (4), 6:3. Winning in Cincinnati at the ATP 1000 was of even greater significance.

The 34-year-old Scotsman is one of the most successful tennis players on the ATP Tour. He has won the Grand Slam tournaments three times, won the Olympic gold medal twice, and won 46 ATP Championships in total. He paid for his successful career with several injuries. He underwent a complex groin surgery in which a metal plate was implanted.

The Briton was the leader of the ATP rankings. Today it ranks 156. Although he can already retire from the sport, he still wants to play. “Because I do what I love,” she says. Last week he played in Antwerp, where he was eliminated in the first round after losing to Diego Schwartzman. At first, he had an interesting duel with Francis Tiafoe. The match lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes and was the longest in this year’s tournament.

Hurkacz is back in Europe after two shows in California. In San Diego, he lost to Aslan Caracio in the second round, and at the prestigious Indian Wells he reached the quarter-finals, falling to Grigor Dimitrov. In Vienna, the Wroclaw player is rated No. 5. If he wins, he will play against match winner Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) – Daniel Evans (Great Britain) in the next round.

The Pole is still struggling to qualify for the Masters in Turin. At the moment, he is ninth in the ATP race. This position guarantees him a start in Italy, as Rafael Nadal, who is superior to Hurkacz, will not be there. It tops 10 Yannick Sener and 11 small Cameron Norrie at 110 and 115 points. One thing is for sure, if Hurkacz wins the ATP race with Murray, he will outperform another tennis legend – Rafael Nadal.

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