Hurkacz beats Sinner in Miami Open to make history

April 5, 2021 | By : Abhinaba Haldar
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With the big-trio of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic missing the Miami Open, the new-gen tennis players were able to shine. Polish Tennis star Hubert Hurkacz won the Miami Open men’s tennis title after beating 19-year-old Jannik Sinner from Italy. Winning the biggest prize of his career, Hurkacz also made it into the top 20 for the first time in his tennis career.

Along with this breakthrough victory where he beat the 19-year-old Italian by 7-6 (4) 6-4 to win his maiden Masters 1000 title, he also made history by becoming the first Polish singles player to win an ATP Masters event. Furthermore, the 26th seed also went on to hit another milestone by becoming the lowest-ranked Masters champion since 2005, when Tomas Berdych won the Paris Masters.

“I was super happy I was able to lift the biggest trophy of my life so far. I played some of the best tennis I ever played. I was solid throughout the whole tournament.”

Hurkacz not only reached the finals but also able to overcome some really hard hurdles by defeating two top 10 players, which included second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and fourth-seeded Andrey Rublev.

The 24-year old started the match by winning the first three games, with Sinner winning the next three to draw levels. The teenager seemed tired towards the end, as Hurkacz managed to hold his breathe until the end and come out victorious. The very talented Masters finalist, Jannik Sinner, was the youngest Masters finalist to play since Nadal.

The young generation took full advantage of the absence of the legendary trio (now with Medvedev from the new too considered amongst the best), with Hurkacz confirming that this tournament was a big opportunity for young players

Previously on Saturday, World number 1 Ash Barty earned her second straight Miami Open women’s title after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire in the final due to a foot injury. Andreescu was losing the match 6-3, 4-0 before she retired hurt.



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