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Hubert Hurkacz Sinks Sinner To Clinch Historic Title In Miami

The world No.37 battled back from a break down in the first set before dominating the second to clinch the biggest title of his career to date.




Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz has become the first player from his country to win a Masters 1000 title after defeating an erratic Jannik Sinner in straight sets at the Miami Open.


The 26th seed held his nerve to dismiss his 19-year-old opponent 7-6(4), 6-4, in what was only his third final on the ATP Tour. His triumph completes what has been a dream tournament for Hurkacz who also defeated top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev earlier in the week.

“It feels incredible. It’s tough for me to say anything now but I’m so happy,” Hurkacz told TennisTV afterwards.

With a combined age of 43 years and 81 days the showdown was the youngest men’s final to take place in Miami since Andy Murray’s clash with Novak Djokovic back in 2009. Hurkacz, who is only the second polish man to contest a Masters final after Jerzy Janowicz, started the stronger out of the two. Taking advantage of a nerve-stricken Sinner opening service game he broke en route to opening up a 3-0 lead with relative ease.

However, the lead was short lived as the Italian teenager battled back to draw level with his form elevating. Hitting some thunderous forehand shots the 21st seed continued to weather the storm during what was a roller coaster opening set with both players having advantages. Sinner looked to be on the verge of clinching the first set after a 88 mph backhand winner rewarded him with two break point opportunities which he converted to nudge ahead 6-5. Although he failed to serve it out as Hurkacz broke back to love to take proceedings into a tiebreaker.

It would be Sinner’s unforced errors that would cost him dearly. A forehand shank, followed by another shot going long enabled the Pole to move ahead to 5-2 in the tiebreak and this time it was enough of a margin to see him over the finish line. Hurkacz went on to clinch the set with the help of Sinner’s 28th unforced error of the match after 59 minutes of play.

Continuing his momentum into the second frame, the world No.37 broke instantly as he edged nearer to the biggest title of his career. Mentally, he was the superior one the court at the Hard Rock Stadium as his younger rival began to implode. Who showed signs of physical fatigue during the closing stages.

Sinner continued to battle until the very end as nerves started to trouble Hurkacz. Resulting in his 4-0 lead in the second set being slashed to 4-3. Nevertheless, the resurgence wasn’t enough to change the dynamic of the match as Hurkacz served the match out a couple games later. Sealing the win with the help of another mistake from across the court.

“That was a huge game (4-3). I was a little bit nervous. I had opportunities to get a triple break to serve for it. Then Jannik started to hit the ball really well,” the new champion reflected.
“He’s an amazing competitor and I’m so happy that I was able to come through it.”

Hurkacz is now 10-0 this season when playing matches in Florida after also winning the Delray Beach Open at the start of the season. He believes his run in wins is linked to last season where he took an extended training block in the region with his coach. He has been mentored by Craig Boynton since 2009.

“Last year I spent almost half a year practising in the hottest weather because it was like spring and summer here (in Florida). I think that helped me a lot, especially in these pretty tough conditions because it was a little bit slow. The wind was blowing from side to side,” he said.

Following his victory, Hurkacz will rise to 16th in the ATP rankings when they are updated on Monday. The highest ranking position in his career so far.


Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.




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The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.


Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.




Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.


The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…




Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.


It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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