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2021 - They're writing about them in the same column!

Awans Hurkacza i Świątek. Turnieje masters na wyciagniecie reki

Inevitably it's only a matter of time before Hurkacz and Świątek head the Masters.

5go Kwietnia 2021 | Eurosport

Cel jest jeszcze odległy, ale dzięki zwycięstwu w Miami Hubert Hurkacz jest znacznie bliżej występu w kończącym sezon turnieju ATP Finals. W rankingu, na podstawie którego wybierana jest ósemka zawodników finałowej imprezy w Turynie, Polak awansował właśnie na piąte miejsce. W podobnej rywalizacji wśród kobiet Iga Świątek jest obecnie tylko w nieco gorszej sytuacji od wrocławianina. Sport oglądaj w Eurosport Playerze

Hurkacz po niedzielnym sukcesie odniesionym w prestiżowych zawodach ATP Masters 1000 na Florydzie w zestawieniu "Race To Turin" poprawił swoje notowania o 13 lokat. 24-letni Polak w tym sezonie jak na razie ma na koncie siedem startów i zgromadził 1395 punktów. Wygrał w tym okresie dwa turnieje cyklu - w styczniu zwyciężył w Delray Beach. Żaden inny singlista nie wywalczył w tym czasie dwóch tytułów. W rankingu, na podstawie którego ustalona zostanie obsada październikowej imprezy we Włoszech, liderem jest Novak Djoković. Serb triumfował w lutym w Australian Open. "Djoko", który wziął udział w tym roku jak na razie tylko w dwóch turniejach, ma na koncie 2 140 pkt. Świątek tuż za finałową ósemką Trochę do zrobienia ma jeszcze Iga Świątek. Polka zajmuje obecnie dziewiąte miejsce w wyścigu do turnieju masters. Do szczęścia brakuje jej więc niewiele. Tenisistka z Raszyna, która w zawodach WTA 1000 w Miami, odpadła w trzeciej rundzie, w porównaniu z poprzednim notowaniem awansowała o dwie lokaty. Świątek zaliczyła dotychczas pięć startów w tym sezonie i ma 935 pkt. Na ten dorobek składają się m.in. punkty przyznane za triumf pod koniec lutego w Adelajdzie. Wspomnianej liście przewodzi Naomi Osaka, która po trzech występach zgromadziła 2400 pkt. Japonka w tym roku cieszyła się z sukcesu w wielkoszlemowych zmaganiach w Melbourne. Dokładnego terminu WTA Finals w tym sezonie jeszcze nie podano. Wiadomo tylko, że kończąca sezon impreza ma zostać rozegrana w chińskim Shenzhen.

2021 - Hurkacz wows them in Metz wining both Singles & Doubles Titles!

 

2021 - The post-match interviews at Wimbledon

Hurkacs post-match interview at Wimbledon 2021

Day Eleven: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Hubert Hurkacz of Poland attends a press conference in the Main Interview Room after losing in his Men's Singles Semi-Final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy during Day Eleven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 09, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Joe Toth - Pool/Getty Images) - image & strapline © of and sourced from Getty with thanks

Hurkacz in post-match interview room at Wimbledon 2021

Day Eleven: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Hubert Hurkacz of Poland attends a press conference in the Main Interview Room after losing in his Men's Singles Semi-Final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy during Day Eleven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 09, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Joe Toth - Pool/Getty Images) - image & strapline © of and sourced from Getty with thanks

There were no images (that I could find) of the Hurkacz post-match interview when he defeated Federer - but I have long loved this backdrop and think it right and fitting, despite his defeat by Berrettini, to see Hubi in these august surroundings!

2021 - Hurkacz humbles Roger Federer at Wimbledon!

Hurkacz elated in victory

Day Nine: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
Poland's Hubert Hurkacz celebrates winning against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2021. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images) - image and strapline © of and sourced from Getty with thanks

Hurkacz and Federer at the net at Wimbledon 2021

Day Nine: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Hubert Hurkacz of Poland shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after beating him in the quarter finals of the gentlemen's singles during Day Nine of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images) - image and strapline © of and sourced from Getty with thanks

Hurkacz Federer Scoreboard

Detail of final scoreboard as Federer leaves the court to a standing ovation - image © of & sourced from Getty with thanks

Federer exits Centre Court Wimbledon 2021

Day Nine: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after losing his men's Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Nine of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) - image and strapline © of and sourced from Getty with thanks

Hubert Hurkacz humbles Roger Federer to make Wimbledon semi-finals

No 14 seed wins 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 on Centre Court | Polish player hails 'super-special' victory

Simon Cambers at Wimbledon Wednesday 7th July 2021 19.23 BST

The dream is over. If it was always unlikely that Roger Federer might somehow manage to win a record ninth title at Wimbledon at the age of 39, the events of the first week or so had turned many doubters into believers. On a breezy afternoon reality kicked back in as the Swiss was beaten 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 by Hubert Hurkacz, a Pole for whom Federer was an inspiration.

Hurkacz, the 14th seed, appearing in his first grand slam quarter-final compared with the 58 of Federer, showed no nerves, no inferiority complex and, as the man who has dominated these courts so many times faded, he ruthlessly finished the job. "I don't know what to say," Hurkacz said. "It's super-special for me, to play on this court. Playing against Roger, when you're a kid, it's like a dream come true."

Federer was cheered to the hilt by the Centre Court crowd, who did everything they could to lift him one more time. He led 4-1 in the second set but could not close it out. In the third his spirit was broken. It was a remarkable performance from Hurkacz, who served notice of his talent when he won the Miami Open in March but then lost his way, winning a match at the following event in Monte Carlo before losing five in a row.

In the build-up to Wimbledon few had him on their radar. The 24-year-old had never made it past the third round of a grand slam championship but, having taken out the No 2 seed, Daniil Medvedev, in five sets in the previous round, he went into his match with Federer carrying plenty of confidence. The Swiss, after his escape in the first round when an injury to Adrian Mannarino let him off the hook, trailing two sets to one, had grown with every match and thoughts were turning to Ken Rosewall, the last 39-year-old to reach the final here, in 1974. Rosewall had reached out to Federer with a message of support before his quarter-final but after the dynamism of his previous match, the 20-time grand slam champion seemed a little flat, his ball-striking not as crisp as usual, his movement not as sharp on a day when the wind made life tricky for both. Hurkacz played smart tennis, too. At 6ft 5in, the Pole's serve is always a big weapon but his drop shots were equally impressive and the way he managed to get his returns on to the Federer backhand meant the Swiss was rarely allowed to dominate. Federer won only 33% of points on his second serve – about half his usual figure – and Hurkacz had him on the rack from the start. The warning signs were there early, as Federer saved three break points for 2-2 in the first set, and he was then broken two games later as the set drifted away. The arena, by then almost completely full, did its best to get behind its man and he responded, breaking serve for 2-0 and extending his lead to 4-1. But it never looked entirely secure and Hurkacz continued to pressure his second serve, breaking back for 4-3.

The set went to a tie-break, usually the domain of Federer, who tops the all-time tie-break statistics. But Hurkacz ripped a forehand pass to earn an early mini-break and, though Federer got it back, at 2-3, the Swiss slipped at the net, turning an easy volley into another mistake. It proved costly as Hurkacz finished it off 7-4 to double his lead. Federer has come from two sets down 10 times in his career, including at the same stage here in 2016, when he recovered to beat Marin Cilic. It never looked as if he would make it 11, though, and after he dropped serve in the second game, the set and the match drifted away. After his final forehand flew wide, Federer managed a smile for his opponent and as he left the court, with a wave to the crowd, it was hard to imagine that might be the last time he steps out on Centre Court.

This was Federer's fifth event of 2021, having returned only in March after 13 months out following two knee surgeries that took longer to recover from than he had hoped. He is due to play in the Olympics and US Open this summer and, after 20 grand slam titles, 103 singles titles and so much success on his beloved grass, he will surely not want to say goodbye to Wimbledon like this. "I really don't know," he said after the match of his future. "I've got to regroup. I'm actually very happy I made it as far as I did here and I actually was able to play Wimbledon at the level that I did after everything I went through. Of course I would like to play it again, but at my age you're just never sure what's around the corner." - Source : The Guardian

2021 - Miami Open: Hubert Hurkacz defeats Jannik Sinner to win his maiden Masters 1000 title

Hubert Hurczak holds his Miami Trophy 2021

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz won his maiden Miami Open title on Sunday - image sourced from Carlos Goldman/Miami Dolphins via AP

Hubert Hurkacz is the first Pole to win a men's singles Masters 1000 title; the 24-year-old beat Denis Kudla, Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and now Jannik Sinner on the way to a stunning tournament victory

Last Updated: 4th April 2021

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz made it a perfect 10-0 in Florida as he added his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open with victory over teenager Jannik Sinner to the Delray Beach Open crown he won in January. Hurkacz, the first Polish singles player to win one of the ATP's top level of events, continued his brilliant week by beating 19-year-old Italian 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."

Afa Radwanska's congratulatory tweet to Hubert

With Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all skipping the tournament, the stage was set for an unexpected champion, and so it proved. Hurkacz made the better start, winning the first three games, but Sinner responded with a run of three games of his own to draw level. The prodigiously talented teenager was the youngest Masters finalist since Rafael Nadal and, after withstanding more pressure from Hurkacz, he broke the Pole's serve at 5-5. He was unable to serve out the set, though, and it was Hurkacz who stepped up to take it on a tie-break.

The Pole was flawless at the start of the second set, reeling off four games in a row, but he became a little tight in sight of the finish line and Sinner clawed his way back to 3-4. Source : e0.365dm.com

Hubi with back-to-back Florida titles

By defeating Jannik Sinner at the Miami Open Hubert Hurkacz at No 37 becomes the lowest ranked player to win an ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament since Tomas Berdych at the 2005 Paris Masters. The teenager was looking weary, though, and Hurkacz managed to keep his nerves at bay to make it across the finish line. "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."

Hurkacs tweets about his victory

Hurkacz will climb from 37 in the world rankings to a career-high of 16 on Monday, while Sinner will move up nine spots to No 22.

2021 - The Miami Open

Miami Champion 2021 Hurkacz

Pole Position: Hubert Hurkacz Claims First Masters 1000 Title In Miami | ATP Tour | Tennis - image and strapline courtesy & © of ATP

Pole Position: Hurkacz Claims First Masters 1000 Title In Miami

4th April 2021 | ATP Staff

Pole set to rise inside Top 20 in the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time

Hubert Hurkacz became Poland's first ATP Masters 1000 champion on Sunday after taking down 19-year-old Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4 in the Miami Open presented by Itau final. The 24-year-old needed one hour and 45 minutes to clinch the biggest ATP Tour title of his career, and his second of the year after lifting the trophy at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The victory extended Hurkacz's unbeaten 2021 run in South Florida to 10-0. "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."

His opponent and occasional doubles partner Sinner, the 21st seed, was trying to become the youngest Miami men's champion in history at 19 years and seven months. The pair have teamed up to play doubles twice this season – including a quarter-final appearance at last month's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – but on Sunday they faced each other in singles for the first time. "Hubi, many congratulations for this week and a half," said the #NextGenATP Italian. "I think you showed what talent you have. I'm more proud what kind of person you are. I have to say [you are] maybe my best friend on Tour. Maybe we should play more doubles together." It was the Polish player's experience that ultimately made the difference, with 26th seed Hurkacz looking calm as he powered his way to an early break in each set. Hurkacz dictated with his forehand and forced errors off the Sinner racquet as he took a 3-0 lead. Sinner needed a few games to settle into the contest, but he lifted his level emphatically to get the break back.

Hurkacz kept Sinner under pressure, creating 11 break opportunities throughout the match, and converting on seven occasions. One of those breaks came at 6-5: with Sinner serving for the set the Pole broke to love as he outlasted Sinner from the baseline to send them into the tie-break. It would prove to be a pivotal game for Sinner, who racked up 39 unforced errors throughout the match, including 28 in the first set alone. The Italian was never able to bounce back after dropping the first set, and Hurkacz powered his way to a 4-0 lead in the second set with a double break. Although Sinner managed to fight back one of the breaks to narrow the gap to 4-3, he was unable to make any more inroads against the big Hurkacz serve. The Pole didn't face a break point for the next three games as he served out his third ATP Tour title in Miami. "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."

With the victory, Hurkacz will break into the Top 20 in the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time, moving from No. 37 to a career-high No. 16 on Monday. Sinner is also projected to reach a new career-high of his own, rising to No. 23 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Source : ATP Tour

2021 - Fibak On Hurkacz: 'The Whole Of Poland Is Living His Adventure'

3rd Apr 2021 | Andrew Eichenholz

Hurkacz and Fibak

l to r Wojtek Fibak and Hubert Hurkacz - image © of, sourced from and courtesy of ATP

Hurkacz will try to become Poland's first ATP Masters 1000 singles champion

Hubert Hurkacz is making waves in Poland during the Miami Open presented by Itau, where the 24-year-old is into his first ATP Masters 1000 final. That means Wojtek Fibak, a Pole who cracked the world's Top 10 in singles and doubles, is a busy man. Fibak, the only other player from their country to win an ATP Tour singles title, has been getting 100 calls a day with requests to speak about Hurkacz. While talking to ATPTour.com on Saturday, the 67-time tour-level titlist (singles and doubles) said his two phones buzzed 10 times with calls from newspapers, radio bookers and TV stations. "The whole of Poland is living his adventure," Fibak said. "It's thrilling for Poland." It's been an exciting time for tennis in the country, and not just because of Hurkacz's dream run in Florida. Last year, Polish WTA Tour star Iga Swiatek lifted the trophy at Roland Garros.

"Each time when we were talking about Iga last year, I always mentioned Hubert in all the interviews. I always said Hubert is equally talented," Fibak said. "He moves like Iga on the court. He's the fastest, he's the best mover. He has a great forehand, great backhand. All the characteristics of Iga fit Hubert. I've always said Hubert has the same potential as Iga, so it doesn't come as a big surprise." This is not the first time Hurkacz has shown his skills. He competed in the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals and has won two ATP Tour titles — at Winston Salem in 2019 and Delray Beach earlier this year. But Fibak first saw him play as a junior at Roland Garros. "I remember just the way he walked, like a basketball player a little bit. I thought of Andy Murray and I thought he had great defence and great hands, but he wasn't as consistent then," Fibak said. "It's difficult to be consistent with his tennis because he hits so flat, he doesn't have any reserves. He doesn't use topspin. "With time, he became more consistent and then he became really dangerous."

Fibak admitted that he doesn't "pretend to do anything" officially for Hurkacz, but he keeps in touch with his countryman. Last December, he invited "Hubi" to his home in Poland. "We spoke for a couple of hours and I told him to be more aggressive, more offensive and slightly cocky," Fibak said. "He will never be cocky, but to have that nerve. Maybe that was what he was lacking and now he is a bit tougher. Not all the way, but that helps a lot." Fibak did not mean that in a negative way. Hurkacz is known for always smiling regardless of the situation, and the Polish legend loves that about him. But he noticed the rising star was "slightly shy, slightly not so sure of himself". "He didn't have the tough side. He didn't have what McEnroe and Connors succeeded with. He was almost too nice of a guy over the past two, three years and I think he didn't have that killer instinct," Fibak said. "Of course he's been winning, he beat many good players. But I thought his potential is higher, that he has more potential to win tournaments and not only to be in the quarter-finals." The former singles World No. 10 and doubles World No. 2 believes Hurkacz is one of the most talented players on the ATP Tour. His career-high FedEx ATP Ranking is World No. 28, and he is projected to crack the Top 20 with a victory against Jannik Sinner in Sunday's final. "He should be in the Top 10 if not the Top 5, and now he's proving it," Fibak said. "He's an all-around player, he doesn't have any weaknesses. A lot of players these days don't know how to react at the net and he's a great net player."

Recently, Fibak has started thinking of another comparison for Hurkacz besides Murray: former World No. 4 Miloslav Mecir, who is affectionately known as the "Big Cat". "He was so subtle, moved so well, he had great hands and he would hit flat shots always and now the speed everybody is playing faster, but he was playing in Hubert's way," Fibak said. "It was tennis that was full of imagination, innovation, very precise. We all admired it." That is a lofty comparison for Hurkacz. Mecir won the singles gold medal at the 1988 Olympics and reached two Grand Slam singles finals. But the Pole is making steady progress under the tutelage of Craig Boynton, for whom Fibak has much praise. "He has done a wonderful job with Hubert in terms of his composure, that he is so patient. They never rushed," Fibak explained. "Obviously he did have a lot of success. Considering his talent and the shots he has and the way he moves, he could have achieved some more success a bit faster. "It has to be recognised that Craig was always so patient, tolerant and forgiving in a way and always stood by Hubert in the good moments and disappointing moments and now it's all glory, they can celebrate being in the final."

Hurkacz can take it one step further on Sunday when he plays for the biggest trophy of his career. But to Fibak, this is just the beginning, and he is proud to have Hurkacz represent Poland. "My dream is he will become Top 5 and possibly even higher, Top 3, maybe a leader, and he will stay the way he is [in terms of his personality]. That's what I would like," Fibak said. "Some people proved it [is possible], like Federer, Raonic is a gentleman, he always loses the same way he wins. He's playing another gentleman, Sinner, tomorrow. They are two young people who are excellent players for their sport and their followers the way they behave on the court and off the court." Source : ATP Tour

2021 - The Italian Open

The Final Score Scoreboard

"Warto mieć marzenia". Świątek inspiracja dla Hurkacza

'It's worth dreaming.' Świątek is Hurkacz's inspiration

5go Kwietnia 2021

- To dla mnie coś naprawdę wyjątkowego. Przez cały turniej grałem solidnie. Przejście każdej kolejnej rundy sprawiało, że czułem się pewniej, każde zwycięstwo jeszcze bardziej mnie motywowało - mówi Hubert Hurkacz, który wygrał wielki turniej Miami Open. 24-letni zawodnik udzielił wywiadu Polskiej Agencji Prasowej. W niedzielę przeszedł do historii polskiego, ale i światowego tenisa. Wygrał trzeci turniej w karierze, bez dwóch zdań najważniejszy. Po raz pierwszy w jednej imprezie odprawił z kwitkiem dwóch tenisistów z top 10. W decydującym meczu pokonał Jannika Sinnera 7:6 (7-4), 6:4 i został pierwszym polskim triumfatorem turnieju rangi ATP Masters 1000. W poniedziałek awansował na 16. miejsce w rankingu. - Ta wygrana utwierdza mnie w przekonaniu, że mogę osiągnąć jeszcze więcej - przekonuje.

Nie mogło być lepszego miejsca na tak wartościowy triumf. Na Florydzie Hurkacz ma bazę treningową, na dodatek jego trener Craig Boynton jest Amerykaninem. - Jego pierwsze słowa były takie, że wiszę mu teraz butelkę dobrego wina. Cieszył się i gratulował tego, co razem osiągnęliśmy. Pracowaliśmy na ten sukces bardzo ciężko również i tu, na Florydzie, w ubiegłych latach, dlatego niesamowicie się cieszę, że to wszystko wydarzyło się właśnie w tym miejscu - podkreśla najlepszy polski tenisista i zarazem jeden z dwudziestu najlepszych na świecie. Na Florydzie jak w domu To właśnie na Florydzie Hurkacza zastał pierwszy lockdown - wiosną zeszłego roku. - Są tu świetne warunki do rozwoju i do tego, aby starać się być lepszym z dnia na dzień. Wcześniej spędziłem tutaj prawie pół roku na przełomie wiosny i lata 2020. Trenowałem po kilka godzin dziennie w bardzo ciepłej aurze, przy temperaturze dochodzącej do 39 stopni. To sprawiło, że jestem dziś w lepszej formie fizycznej oraz że szybciej się adaptuję do tego typu warunków - opowiada Hurkacz. W Miami zwyciężali już Agnieszka Radwańska czy Łukasz Kubot (on w deblu), ale największą inspiracją dla Hurkacza była Iga Świątek, która w zeszłym sezonie wygrała wielkoszlemowy Roland Garros. - Triumf Igi czy mój z Miami można spróbować przekuć w coś pozytywnego w przyszłości. Mnie zainspirowały osiągnięcia Igi i teraz ja też pokazuję, że warto mieć marzenia - twierdzi Hurkacz. Source : Eurosport

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