Hubert Hurkacz: Iga Swiatek’s French Open victory inspiration for me

Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz is hoping to following in the footsteps of fellow compatriot Iga Swiatek and one day become a Grand Slam champion.

Swiatek, 20, captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open last year.

Hurkacz’s best result at the Grand Slam level came at this past Wimbledon, when he made the semifinal.  

“It would be nice to win a Grand Slam someday. Iga’s [Swiatek] victory at Roland Garros last year was definitely an inspiration for me. It was something amazing,” Hurkacz said, per Tennishead.

“She showed us all that someone from Poland can achieve such fantastic success and it was incredibly motivating for me to witness how much her achievement meant to everyone back at home.

“With my results, I really hope I can inspire people too – especially now that I am within the ATP’s top 10. That was definitely my dream and it would be fun to stay there for many, many years.”

Hurkacz suffered a tight loss to Novak Djokovic  

Last week, Hurkacz fell just shirt of making his second Masters final of the season. 

Hurkacz competed extremely well against Djokovic but the world No. 1 escaped with a 3-6 6-0 7-6 (5) win. 

“Novak won so many titles. He’s super solid in the tough moments. His return is incredible. He puts you a lot of pressure at any moment,” Hurkacz said after the loss.

With the win over Hurkacz, Djokovic clinched a record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking. 

“Just proud and extremely happy,” Djokovic said of clinching No. 1. “Obviously that was one of the biggest goals and it’s always one of the biggest goals, to try to be No. 1 and end the season as No. 1,” Djokovic said. “To do it for the record seventh time and surpass my childhood idol and role model, Pete, is incredible. Very grateful, very blessed to be in this position.”

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