Hubert Hurkacz wanted to shock the world. Beating Alcaraz was so close!

Press material / ATP / Pictured: Hubert Hurkacz

Mateusz Wasiewski

The great triumph of Hubert Hurkacz was extremely close. In the end, Carlos Alcaraz proved to be better than the Pole and he qualified for the quarter-finals of the ATP 1000 tournament in Montreal. Our player ran a wild chase in the third set.

Polish fans were waiting for this game. On the night of Thursday to Friday, Hubert Hurkacz faced the leader of the world ranking, Carlos Alcaraz. The match was played in the third round of the ATP 1000 tournament in Toronto.

Craig Boynton’s charge showed a very good disposition on the way to this meeting. In the first round, he beat Aleksander Bublik in straight sets (6:3, 7:6(2)). Especially the tie-break of this match turned out to be a show of strength from the Polish tennis player.

The next step for the Wroclawian was to defeat Miomir Kecmanović. The Serb won the first set. From the state of 5:7, 3:3, however, the white and red tennis player prevailed, who did not yield even a single game to his rival until the end of the match.

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The shock of Hurkacz with the leader of the world classification promised to be exciting. The men have already played together once. Last season, the now seventeenth-ranked tennis player in the world lost in straight sets. But what were the holidays? The two were very united and ended in tie-breaks. This time in Canada we were counting on the triumph of our favorite.

The start of the game was great for our player. Hubert Hurkacz served very well and played with a lot of confidence from the forehand. He also featured effective action at net. Carlos Alcaraz, on the other hand, looked lost. He made a lot of unforced errors.

In this way, the 26-year-old unexpectedly took a 3-0 lead. From that moment it seemed that the Spanish rival was starting to pick up the pace, entering the right revolutions. Hurkacz had his first serious problems with the next service game. However, the Wimbledon 2021 semi-finalist has been playing very well since. He sent a series of excellent serves and gave Alcaraz an impressive forehand.

“Carlitos” kept throwing balls and “Hubi” didn’t think to stop. He maintained a very high level of service, while working very hard on the bottom line. There was a lot of slack in our tennis player. This was confirmed by one of the actions in which the gentlemen played at the net. The point was finally won by the Spaniard, but it was the Pole who won the first set 6:3!

The second set started dreamlike for us. Carlos Alcaraz, still heavily misadjusted, made a good first serve, but Hubert Hurkacz responded well with an even stronger return. The next balls in action were difficult to control for the Spanish tennis player. The Pole deserved a break.

Unfortunately, the distribution of forces on the ground has changed a bit since then. The 20-year-old quickly picked up three break points. The older tennis player saved two. He couldn’t make it on third after a broken slide. The ATP’s highest ranked player came back and we were tied one by one.

A very important moment came at 3:2 for the service of Alcaraz and Hurkacz. Our tennis player again had to defend himself from losing serve. He kept his composure – served well on the second pass and effectively operated the backhand diagonally. Moreover, his rival spoiled two hugely important comebacks.

The next five matches were played decidedly by the servers. Things got heated in the twelfth game of the second set. Hurkacz lost 15-30. Fortunately, Hubert defended himself with the excellent performance of a very difficult rival at net and adding the appropriate quality of service. The second set was decided by a tie-break.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t a good part of the game the Wroclawian made. The Pole committed three unforced errors and the Spaniard showed why he is number one in the ATP rankings.

The third part did not go as expected by the white and red fans. Hubert Hurkacz started making more and more mistakes. The opposite was the case with the young rival. Carlos Alcaraz looked like a player who was growing step by step.

He had grown so much that he managed to break the serve of a lower-ranked tennis player twice. He twice ended Hurkacz’s service games with a winning return. His overall performance in receiving the pass was unusually high in the cited parts of the game.

At 5:2, the twenty-year-old served for the match. An ambitious and courageous Pole set the bar very high in this match. The leader of the list of the best tennis players did not find the right solution to the situation and… Hurkacz made up for some of the losses!

But Coach Boynton’s ward had absolutely no intention of stopping. Our player played like crazy. Again, it was Alcaraz who made the mistakes, not Hurkacz. The fantasy chase was in full swing – the 26-year-old from Wrocław led to a draw after 5 after the comeback winner!

It was 3:42 a.m. Polish time and the gentlemen started the tiebreak. Again, Alcaraz played the decisive moments of the set like a teacher. He gave almost no points for free. The white and red tennis player, in turn, had a problem with the accuracy of the first serve. And unfortunately, despite a great fight, the Spaniard is still playing in Montreal.

Thus, Hubert Hurkacz will not defend his points for last year’s final in Canada. The Pole will fall in the rankings around the twentieth place.

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3rd singles round:

Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 1) v Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, 15) 3:6, 7:6(2), 7:6(3)

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