Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz spoke extremely highly of Andy Murray after beating the Briton at the Cincinnati Masters. Hurkacz, seeded at No. 9, saw off Murray 7-6 (4) 6-3 to progress into the Cincinnati round-of-16. "Playing against Murray is something special.
I never had a chance to play a match against him [before]," Hurkacz said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. "He's such a great competitor. What he's done for the sport is really amazing. He's such a great player and a person.
It's a very big win for me."
Hurkacz won a tight first set
Hurkacz claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game but got broken back in the following game. After breaking back Hurkacz, Murray had a chance to win the opener but the Pole saved two set points in the 10th game to eventually force a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Hurkacz realized his first set point to win a tight opener. After winning the first set, Hurkacz broke Murray in the eighth game and served out for the match in the ninth game. Murray, who skipped the singles event at the Tokyo Olympics due to a quad tear, said a few days ago his goal was to see how would he play at the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.
"I think I need to set short-term goals because it's been very difficult to plan sort of medium and longer-term targets, because of just various different issues that I have had this year," said Murray. "I just try to focus on the short term.
"I can't really look too far ahead right now. I think like my team planning like my physical conditioning and my scheduling and everything, I think that can be their job to sort of plan those things out, but for me I just need to kind of like take things very much like each week at a time just now and give all my energy to each match and each event that I play and see where I'm at at the end of the US Open."