Wojtek Fibak: Poland has two diamonds in Hubert Hurkacz, Iga Swiatek

Former top-10 Polish player Wojtek Fibak described Hubert Hurkacz and Iga Swiatek as “two diamonds.” 

Poland has two top-10 players as Hurkacz is ranked at No. 9 on the ATP rankings list, while Swiatek is ranked at No. 9 on the WTA rankings list. 

Hurkacz and Swiatek have accomplished some pretty notable things and Fibak believes the Polish tennis future is bright. 

Hurkacz captured his maiden Masters title in Miami earlier this year, while Swiatek won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open last year. 

“We have these two diamonds. It’s like one in a million at the same time,” Fibak told the ATP website. “There are not that many countries with a man and woman [at this level]. You have Nadal and Muguruza [in Spain], Tsitsipas and Sakkari [in Greece]. It’s amazing… It’s unique, it’s a blessing. After I finished playing, no Polish player played at Wimbledon for 20 years. Twenty years! After [Agnieszka] Radwanska retired, boom, they came!”

Fibak explains the strengths of Hurkacz 

“Hubert is an all-around player. He’s phenomenal on defence, he’s excellent attacking, has a great backhand, great forehand, big serve, great return. He doesn’t miss when he doesn’t have to,” Fibak said. “The only thing now with Hubert if I would say one weakness is when there is pressure that he has to win a match and he is a big favourite, he has problems with that. That’s how the road to the [Nitto ATP Finals], there were a couple of very tense matches.”

Hurkacz pushed Novak Djokovic into a third set tie-break at the Paris Masters before losing to the world No. 1. 

Fibak believes Hurkacz is the fourth best player on hard right now. 

“The way he played against Medvedev, the way he played Djokovic in Paris, right now he’s No. 4 on hard courts right after Djokovic, Medvedev, Zverev and then it’s Hubert,” Fibak said.

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