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ATP Halle – Hubert Hurkacz inflicts a hell of a slap on Daniil Medvedev in the final (6-1, 6-4)

There was no photo. For the second week in a row, Daniil Medvedev played a final on grass, and this time in the shoes of world number 1. But the Russian did no better than at ‘S-Hertogenbosch where he was swept away by Tim van Rijthoven: Hubert Hurkacz thus left him only five short games (6-1, 6-4) in barely more one hour on the Sunday court (1h03 precisely) in Halle. The Pole, who thus wins the 5th title of his career in as many finals on the circuit, will therefore find the Top 10 on Monday at the expense of Matteo Berrettini, yet titled at the same time at Queen’s.

In view of their last confrontations, it was difficult to envisage such a scenario. Admittedly, Hubert Hurkacz had proven last year at Wimbledon that he had all the qualities to express himself well on grass by reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He had also beaten Daniil Medvedev on his way, but he had snatched this round of 16 after five sets. On the German lawn this Sunday, everything went much faster, and even much too fast for the world number 1, totally overwhelmed.

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Another final for Medvedev


Hurkacz in end-to-end demonstration

Would Daniil Medvedev have a problem preparing for his finals? The hypothesis cannot be ruled out since he stumbled on the last step for the 5th consecutive time after Paris-Bercy, the Turin Masters in 2021, the Australian Open and ‘S-Hertogenbosch in 2022. But if the Russian could not give his full measure on Sunday, it is mainly because Hubert Hurkacz prevented him from the first to the last point. In fact, the Pole only needed his first service game, the only one really hooked, to get started, since he made the entry break on a love of amortized volley (2-0).

As in Roland, a climate activist tried to attach herself to the net, but failed

The tone was thus set and Hurkacz continued at the same pace: impressive in service (9 aces, 75% of 1sts, 84% success behind and no break point conceded) and frightening consistency in the exchange (24 winning shots for 7 unforced errors). Trailing 5-0 in no time, Medvedev was suffocated, with no solutions. At every opportunity, Hurkacz hurt whether it was power from the bottom or subtlety at the net. A point could symbolize this total control: the one which allowed him to make the break at the start of the second set (6-1, 1-0). After a series of acrobatics and a small lob, he relaxed full length to slam a winning volley in extension. Great art!

Finally, the only event that could have disturbed this Sunday afternoon was the irruption of a climate activist who tried to cling to the net. At Roland-Garros a few weeks ago, the company had been crowned with success, not this time since the security of the tournament quickly intercepted and evacuated it. Hurkacz therefore dutifully pursued his demolition business. Undoubtedly, he will be one to watch closely from the side of the All England Club.

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