In an exciting duel at the National Bank Open Presented by RogersThe Pole braced himself for the 27-year-old’s fast game on serve while delivering decisive strokes from his own strings to progress after an hour and 46 minutes to improve to 31-13 on the season.
“Nick has played incredible tennis over the past few weeks so it’s a pleasure to play against him,” Hurkacz said in his on-court interview. “I hope the fans liked it too, but in the end I’m happy with the result.”
After a fast-paced and intense first two sets, however, the Australian couldn’t match the Pole’s energy in the third, with eighth-seeded Hurkacz slamming down a tiring Kyrgios – who was struggling physically – to move up to 11-6 in the deciding sets this year.
“I started really well. Nick might have been a little injured which could have hurt his serve. Since we’re both serving so well, that few percent can make all the difference,” added Hurkacz.
Hurkacz now leads Kyrgios 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head series and has improved his record to 28-1 after winning the first set this year. The 25-year-old, who triumphed in Miami in 2021, will continue the quest for his second ATP Masters 1000 crown against the fourth seed Kasper Ruud or home favorite Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In a lively match, both players looked strong on serves over long distances. Kyrgios averaged 10 seconds between points in the first two sets, as he frequently interrupted the roar of the crowd with his fast-paced style while Hurkacz rushed to prepare for the return.
The Pole claimed a narrow first set in the tiebreak with a backhand winner before Kyrgios fought back in the second set. Using a net at 3/2 in the second set tiebreak, the world No. 27 scored a crucial mini-break before leveling the match with his seventh ace of the set.
However, a push in the third set was a step too far for Kyrgios as the Australian appeared to tire on the hard courts in Montreal. Hurkacz quickly broke early in the third set before staying solid on serve to triumph.
Earlier this season, Hurkacz clinched his fourth tour-level title in Halle and is currently ninth at the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin as he aims to make his second appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Did you know?
Hurkacz is the only former Masters 1000 champion still in the draw.