ATP Miami: Hubert Hurkacz tops Jannik Sinner to write Polish tennis history

Sunday’s Miami Open final between Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner was the most important clash in both players’ careers! Chasing the first Masters 1000 crown for Poland and Italy, respectively, Hubert overpowered his doubles partner Jannik 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 43 minutes, delivering the first Masters 1000 title for his country and joining the special list of champions at the premium ATP level at 24. Hurkacz is yet to lose a match in Florida this year, conquering the Delray Beach crown at the beginning of the season and extending the streak in Miami to add 1000 points to his tally and pass 21 rivals on the ATP list and enter the top-16. It was the first Masters 1000 final between two players ranked outside the top-30 since Paris 2003, with Hurkacz becoming the lowest-ranked champion at this level since Paris 2005 and Tomas Berdych. The Pole won nine points more than the Italian, failing to defend any of three break chances and erasing that deficit with four breaks on his tally from 11 opportunities.

The opening set lasted for almost 60 minutes, and it saw four breaks of serve and a tight battle that could have ended on the other side. Like against Bautista Agut in the semis, Jannik got broken in his first service game when his backhand landed wide, with Hubert moving 3-0 up after deuce.

Hubert Hurkacz beat Jannik Sinner for the first Masters 1000 title at 24.

Sinner broke back in game five and fended off two break chances in the next one to level the score at 3-3. A teenager saved another break point in game eight with a service winner and created the first lead with a break at 15 at 5-5 after forcing Hurkacz’s backhand mistake.

Serving for the set, the Italian suffered a break at love to keep the rival in contention ahead of the tie break. With momentum on his side, Hubert created a 6-2 gap in the tie break and won it 7-4 after Jannik’s forehand mistake. With nothing working his way, Jannik claimed only five points in the second set’s opening four games to find himself 7-6, 4-0 down. A teenager sprayed a forehand error in the opening game and got broken again at 0-2. Fending off two break points in game five, Sinner avoided an even bigger disaster and gained at least some momentum that led him towards a break in game six. Remaining calm, Hubert held at 30 in games eight and ten, sealing the deal when Sinner hit a loose forehand at 5-4 to celebrate his career’s proudest moment.

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