Hubert Hurkacz becomes the first Polish singles player to win the Miami Open major Masters tournament
Hubert Hurkacz becomes the first Polish singles player to win a major Masters tournament with a 7-6 6-4 defeat of Jannik Sinner in the final of the Miami Open
- Hubert Hurkacz defeated Jannik Sinner 7-6 6-4 in the final of the Miami Open
- Hurkacz, 24, is the first Polish singles player to win an ATP Masters event
- Hurkacz said he was ‘super happy’ to win the ‘biggest trophy’ of his career
Pool Hubert Hurkacz won the first Masters tournament of his career, beating Jannik Sinner in the final of the Miami Open.
Hurkacz, the first Polish singles player to win one of ATP’s top events, continued his brilliant week by beating 19-year-old Italian Sinner 7-6 (4) 6-4.
The 24-year-old, who upset Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev on his way to the final, will become the lowest placed Masters champion since Tomas Berdych in Paris in 2005.
Hubert Hurkacz won the Miami Open this year by beating Jannik Sinner 7-6 6-4 in the final
Hurkacz is the first Polish singles player to win one of ATP’s top level Masters events
With Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all skipping the tournament, the stage was set for an unexpected champion, and it showed.
Hurkacz made the better start and won the first three games, but Sinner responded with a run of three games of his own to tie.
The extraordinarily talented teen was the youngest Masters finalist since Nadal and, after withstanding more pressure from Hurkacz, broke the Pole’s serve at 5-5.
However, he was unable to serve out the set and it was Hurkacz who stood up for a tie-break.
Hurkacz’s opponent Sinner (right) is the youngest Masters finalist since Rafael Nadal at age 19
The Pole was flawless at the start of the second set, finishing four games in a row, but got a little tight in sight of the finish line and Sinner clawed back to 3-4.
The teenager looked tired, however, and Hurkacz managed to keep his nerves in check to make it to the finish.
On Monday, he climbs from 37 in the world rankings to a career high of 16.
Hurkacz said: ‘I was super, super happy to be able to win the biggest trophy of my life to date, so that’s something special for me.
Hurkacz said he was ‘super happy to be able to take home the biggest trophy of my life so far’
‘I had chances to go up 5-0 in the second set and he came back. He started to play better. I got a little nervous. He seized the opportunity and it was very close there. ‘
It was only the third time that Sinner played in the main tournament of a Masters event, while he is not yet to make his Wimbledon debut, but the Italian is a man in a hurry.
He said: ‘I think it’s a good week anyway, but of course I’m not here to make finals. I am here to win tournaments. Today was not my day. Accept that. But it gets back to work and then we’ll see what I can do on the clay. ‘