Hubert Hurkacz reflects on winless ATP Finals debut

World No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz went winless in his ATP Finals debut but he was trying to draw positives after his campaign came to an end. 

On Thursday, Hurkacz finished his ATP Finals debut with a straight-set loss to world No. 3 Alexander Zverev. 

Hurkacz won just one set in three matches played as he won the opening set of the Daniil Medvedev clash before the Russian stormed back to win in three sets. 

In his second match played at the ATP Finals, Hurkacz picked up a straight-set loss to Jannik Sinner. 

“I have gained a lot of experience,” Hurkacz said, per the ATP Finals website. “I definitely want to be back here and compete at a better level because I know I can play better than I played this week. I started well and then just didn’t’ play well enough and sometimes that happens.”

Hurkacz happy with his season 

Hurkacz captured his maiden Masters title in Miami, made his debut at the ATP Finals and broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career. 

“I think it was a great season. I learned a lot, which was very big for me. The improvements I have made [gave me] the opportunity to be here and compete here. I am learning about what to work on. It is nice to have a lot of things to improve in my game. My return and my forehand are things I want to work on.”

Zverev beat Hurkacz 6-2 6-4 to book a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals.

“Today was a tough match mentally because I needed to win, so I was 100 per cent focused,” Zverev said. “It was very up and down, and I am happy to be through and win in straight sets. You can always improve. The margins are always very small between the top players, but to win you have to do the details right. I hope I can do that on Saturday.”

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