Friday at the ATP Montreal Masters, Hubert Hurkacz defeated Nick Kyrgios in three sets despite Kyrgios’ 53 aces and 53 wins to end the Australian’s nine-match winning run.
Friday in the ATP Montreal Masters, Hubert Hurkacz defeated Nick Kyrgios in three sets despite Kyrgios’ 53 winners to end the Australian’s nine-match winning streak. In a whirlwind 7-6(7/4), 6-7(5/7), 6-1 victory, the eighth-seeded Pole produced 43 winners of his own and advanced to his fourth Masters semi-final. Hurkacz will next face the fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway, who defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in 74 minutes with a score of 6-1, 6-2.
Ruud will compete in his third Masters semi-final this season on Saturday, having defeated Hurkacz in their previous meeting at Roland Garros in May.
Dan Evans staged a comeback to upset American Tommy Paul 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the bottom of the draw, needing two match points and two and a half hours to defeat Paul.
After saving two match points, Jack Draper lost 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, putting an end to the possibility of an all-British semi-final at this elite level.
Paul’s 40 victories were a commanding victory over Evans’s 15 winners.
Unsurprisingly, he stated that advancing to his second Masters competition semi-final was arduous.
He stated, “I had to hold on and scavenge a few morsels from him.” “If he made errors, capitalize on them, as he was too good in the first set.
“You begin to wonder if you can enter the match, so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it to him. I was enthused; we had a successful battle.”
Hurkacz won his second consecutive match against Kyrgios, the first of which was played on grass at Halle, Germany, in June.
Several of Kyrgios’ service games lasted less than a minute, with the Wimbledon finalist hardly pausing between each point.
– Running on fumes –
Wimbledon runner-up Kyrgios, who won his first championship in three years in Washington last week, struggled with his foot, lower back, and hip as he lost momentum in the third set.
The 27-year-old Australian stated, “I was just running on fumes at the finish.” This is standard. But I feel good, feel confident. Before Cincinnati, I had three or four days of rest. I’m going to put that to good use and simply rest and recuperate.”
The pair scored a total of 39 aces, with Hurkacz contributing 20.
Nick has been playing exceptionally well over the past two months, as stated by Hurkacz.
“Today’s contest was quite difficult. It is both difficult and enjoyable to engage in combat with him.
“Nick is a formidable adversary. Every shot is made by him. If he has any vulnerabilities at all, they are few in number. I just wanted to serve well and maintain an aggressive demeanor.”
Hurkacz, a Canadian quarterfinalist in the year 2021, won his 31st match of the season.
Ruud was pleasantly delighted by his dominance over Auger-Aliassime of Montreal, who committed only nine unforced errors.
“It was one of those days when everything went right for me,” he remarked. “When I was reduced to zero, I had a difficult beginning.
“I, however, changed my mind. I required him to take many photographs. Perhaps playing at home influenced his behavior.
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“I was fortunate to be able to win and maintain the crowd’s enthusiasm.