Hubert Hurkakz ended his visit to Florida with a perfect 10-0 record after winning the Miami Open and adding to his Delray Beach Open win in January. With Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all missing from the draw, the stage was set to crown an unexpected champion. The Polish Hurkakz became the first player from his country to win a Masters 1000 title beating Jack Sinner 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.
“Last year I spent here almost half a year,” Hurkacz said in an on-court interview. “I was practising in the hottest weather during the spring and summer here, so I think that helped me a lot playing now in Florida, especially in these pretty tough conditions here, because it was a little bit slow here. The wind was blowing from side to side sometimes, so it’s huge.”
Hurkakz started the stronger running into a 3-0 lead before Sinner levelled the match at 3-3. He then went on to break Hurkakz at 5-5 but was unable to serve out the first set. Hurakz stepped it up to take the breaker. He started the second set racking up the first four games in no time before Sinner rallied back to make it 4-3. Sinner looked weary thereafter and the Pole kept his nerves to serve out the match.
“The balls felt slow when I went to serve,” Hurkacz said of the final game. “Obviously a tough point. You really want to get a couple of free points and Jannik’s an amazing returner. It was a tough game.”