Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz spoke extremely highly of former world No. 1 Andy Murray following their clash in Metz. Hurkacz, ranked at No. 13 in the world, overcame Murray in straight sets 7-6 (4) 6-3 to reach the Metz semfiinal.
Murray, now ranked at No. 113 in the world, is a three-time Grand Slam champion. Murray, who received a wild card into Metz, made his first ATP quarterfinal of the season this week. Murray beat Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil en route to making the Metz quarterfinal.
Had Murray beaten Hurkacz, he would have returned to the top-100 on Monday. “Andy is an unbelievable competitor, he has achieved so much throughout his career,” Hurkacz said. “He is coming back from a tough injury and playing at a very high level, so he is amazing and you can be inspired by his results”.
Hurkacz enjoys playing in Metz
Hurkacz, 24, is having his second appearance in Metz. In 2019, Hurkacz suffered a disappointing first round exit in Metz. This week, top-seeded Hurkacz is making a notable progress in Metz.
“I really like it here, I enjoy the atmosphere,” Hurkacz added. “I think the surface suits me and I am happy to be in the semi-finals. His [Peter Gojowczyk] recent results are really good, he has improved a lot so it will be an interesting match.
Hurkacz had a break point in the opening game of the match but Murray saved it. In the eighth game, Hurkacz found himself in a difficult position but he saved three break points to prevent Murray from having a chance to serve out for the opener.
As no breaks were seen -- the first set went into a tie-break -- in which Hurkacz realized his third set point to win a tight opener. After winning a tight first set, Hurkacz earned the first break of the match in the fourth game.
Hurkacz saved a break point in the ninth game before realizing his third match point to complete a straight-set win,