Hurkacz Defeats Medvedev, Captures Maiden Grass-Court Title in Halle

Hurkacz Defeats Medvedev, Captures Maiden Grass-Court Title in Halle Photo: TT
Hubert Hurkacz (r.) and Daniil Medvedev at the TERRA WORTMANN OPEN trophy ceremony. June 19, 2022. Photo Courtesy: TERRA WORTMANN OPEN/Mathias Schulz.

Pole Hubert Hurkacz claimed his first title of the season by outlasting World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in Halle on the Owl Arena.

Playing his first grass-court final, fifth seed Hubert Hurkacz prevailed over world number one Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 after just 63 minutes, earning his fifth ATP career title in Halle in Sunday’s final.

Following his big triumph on grass, the World No. 12 becomes the seventh men’s player in the Open Era to start career 5-0 in finals.

In his on-court interview, Hurkacz said: “I’m happy to win my first ATP 500 title, and of course, on the grass, it is very special.”

I was serving pretty good today and got a little bit of momentum from the first game. I saved a couple of deuces on my service game, and then I managed to break Daniil’s serve, so I definitely got a little bit of momentum. I’m very happy with the win in front of such a great crowd here.”

The Terra Wortmann Open champion displayed a dominant performance from the baseline, dictating the rhythm of the match. His flawless serve helped him put his adversary under constant pressure.

Contesting his second final in two weeks, Medvedev got broken three times in the first set, with Hurkacz quickly marching to close out the opener 6-1.

One set away from clinching the title in Halle, the 2021 Miami Open singles champion hit back to the court, breaking early to take the lead in the second set and never looked back.

Unable to find his best tennis, despite raising his level, there was little the Moscow native could do against such an inspired opponent.

Without facing a break point in the match, the 25-year-old from Wroclaw won 84 percent of his first-serve points, hitting nine aces and two double faults.

For his part, the 26-year-old, aiming to lift his first trophy since the 2021 U.S. Open, saw his efforts halted by the Polish player.

Hubi excelled on the grass courts in the build-up to Wimbledon, where he reached the semifinals in 2021, losing to two-times Cinch Championships winner, Italian Matteo Berrettini in a thrilling four-setter.

Daniil is an unbelievable player. He’s the best player in the world, so it’s very tricky to play him. All the right shots went my way at the beginning, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that,” he added during the trophy ceremony.

En route to the final, he moved past American Maxime Cressy, defending champion Ugo Humbert, and fourth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, battling hard in the semifinals to overpower Nick Kyrgios in three sets.

Medvedev arrived in Halle from ‘S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, where he lost in the Libema Open final to Tim Van Rijthoven 6-4, 6-1, a player who had no ATP wins under his name before entering the tournament, which he won in style.

In Halle, the 13-time ATP titlist reached the final, ousting German Oscar Otte on Saturday.

His return to the top of the world rankings, replacing Novak Djokovic, is yet to be followed by good results.

After nearly two months away from Tour due to a hernia injury, which required surgery, Medvedev came back to action in Geneva, exiting in the first round.

Next, he played Roland Garros losing in the fourth round to Croatian Marin Cilic, reaching his best results as the grass swing started.

After losing back-to-back finals, he heads to Mallorca, seeking to defend his title at the Mallorca Championship tournament.

This season, he will not be able to compete at The Wimbledon Championships following the grand slam resolution to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at the event due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In response to the organizer’s decision, the ATP, WTA, and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) removed all Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022.

Hurkacz is seventh seeded in Wimbledon Men’s Singles’ top 16 seeds.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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