Hubert Hurkacz explains what makes Daniil Medvedev such a tough opponent

World No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz claims the surface at the ATP Finals is way faster than the surface at the Paris Masters. 

Hurkacz made the semifinal at the Paris Masters, before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. 

On Sunday, Hurkacz lost to Daniil Medvedev in his first-ever match at the ATP Finals.

“Here is way faster [than Paris],” Hurkacz said, per the ATP Finals website. 

“I mean the surface could be close but the balls make a huge difference, so it’s quite fast here. Daniil was serving great, I was serving decent apart from two games, it’s quite quick here.

“I think it’s just getting used to the surface, plus we both have decent serves, so maybe we both didn’t return as well as we hoped – me, for sure. When there’s a rally we can play some really good rallies, that’s what Daniil likes to do.”

Hurkacz spoke highly of Medvedev 

Medvedev, the defending ATP Finals champion, recovered from a set down to beat Hurkacz 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4.

“Daniil is an amazing player, he plays great tennis throughout the whole match. He doesn’t have dips in his game, that makes him such a tough opponent,” Hurkacz said. 

As no breaks were seen in the first set — the set went into a tie-break — in which Hurkacz converted his fourth set point to win a tight opener 

After losing the first set, Medvedev claimed the first break of the match in the second game and held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a decider. 

Medvedev then broke Hurkacz in the opening game of the third set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win.

“I’ll just try to stay positive,” Hurkacz vowed. “OK, I lost this match, but I’ll think about the positives and what I can do better and prepare for the next one.”

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