2021 in Review: Hubert Hurkacz kicks off season with Delray Beach crown

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2021 in Review: Hubert Hurkacz kicks off season with Delray Beach crown

Hubert Hurkacz made a promising start of the season in Delray Beach, winning the title over Sebastian Korda. World no. 35 beat the young American 6-3, 6-3 for his first ATP crown since Winston-Salem 2019. Hubert looked good against Daniel Elahi Galan, Roberto Quiroz and Christian Harrison, reaching the final without losing a set and repeating that against Korda, who did not play at his best due to a leg injury.

Hubert sealed the deal in 71 minutes, experiencing an early break, pulling it back in a quick fashion and never looking back. Sebastian lost almost half of the initial shot points and got broken four times, missing an opportunity to lift an ATP trophy in his fifth ATP event but looking for more chances in the rest of the season.

Hubert Hurkacz defeated Sebastian Korda in the Delray Beach title clash.

The youngster made a perfect start and broke Hurkacz at love before holding with an ace in game two, looking good to continue where he left against John Isner.

Korda forced an error from Hurkacz in game four to remain in front, controlling the pace so far against the more experienced rival. Finding his range on the return, the Pole pulled the break back in game six and secured another return game at 4-3 despite Sebastian's game points.

Serving for the set, Hubert held after deuce to rattle off five straight games and become the favorite ahead of set number two. Korda held at 30 at the beginning of the second set to end his drought and brought the third game home before receiving a medical timeout on his left leg.

Struggling to move correctly, Sebastian sprayed a backhand error in game five to suffer a break and push the rival 3-2 in front and closer to the finish line. The American stayed in the sixth game before the Pole grabbed it with a service winner to secure an important hold and move further ahead.

Sebastian held at love in game seven following a booming serve and served for staying in the match at 3-5. Eager to seal the deal, Hubert broke him with a lob winner to emerge at the top and celebrate the second ATP title.