Hubert Hurkacz continues to show his strength in Montreal.
The Pole came back from an epic 5-7, 6-3, 7-2 match against Casper Ruud to reach the final of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, earning his fourth straight-set victory of the week in Canada .
After Ruud rallied 0-3 early in the game, Hurkacz kept his cool to turn the tide, commanding the match with a supreme punch and tying the ATP Head2Head record (1-1) against the Scandinavian . The power of the Pole allowed him to dominate Ruud’s proposal, getting five of eight break points en route to victory.
“I tried to keep my pulse up,” Hurkacz said when asked about the initial pressure on center court. “Casper was playing amazing tennis and he was the best player at the start, especially for a set and a half. I tried to hold on and compete as best I could.”
Hurkacz thus extends a prodigious week in Montreal. The Pole had beaten Emil Ruusuvuori, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Nick Kyrgios in decisive matches in the last round this week in Quebec. From now on, he will face Pablo Carreño Busta or Daniel Evans in the final on Sunday, where he will seek his second Masters 1000 crown after that obtained in Miami in 2021.
“Everything is fine,” said the Pole, who has won his last six matches in straight sets. “Physically, I feel good. I’ve worked a lot in the last few weeks. So far, everything is fine.”
Hurkacz started the game at full speed and snatched Ruud’s serve for a 3-0 lead. However, the Norwegian held firm on the court and showed the resistance which earned him three ATP Tour titles in 2022. He chained three consecutive matches before signing a superb return match to break Hubert’s serve for a second time, intractable in the quarter-final against Kyrgios. .
With his serve under pressure, Hurkacz’s return put him back in the game in the second and third sets, hitting with precision mostly from his backhand. Hurkacz had two breaks in each set to finish with a comfortable win and reach her second final of the season.
“Finals are always tough. The best players in the draw are there, so who they play against, my opponent will come with pace and confidence. It will be a very tough battle.”
The Halle champion will seek his second title of 2022 and his second ATP Masters 1000 crown, after that of Miami in 2021. A victory on Sunday would lift Hurkacz two places to No. 8 in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings.
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