A rising talent. Hubert Hurkacz won the cup at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle on Sunday, beating World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 after 64 minutes of play. The Pole lifts his first grass-court ATP Tour trophy and secures his return to the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, confirming his place at the top of the tour.
The Pole has once again exhibited his authority on grass. A year ago, Hurkacz reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, beating eight-time champion Roger Federer and current World No.1 Daniil Medvedev en route to the penultimate round at the All England Club.
His performance in Germany once again places him as a profile to be taken into account on the green. "My serve today was just as I imagined," the Pole said after the match. "I grabbed the momentum early on and then just kept going" Victory moves Hurkacz into ATP Head2Head all-time dominance (3-2) against No.
1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, whom he has beaten in both grass-court matches in the rivalry. For the first time, the Pole has linked head-to-head victories, showing his confidence against one of the strongest players on tour.
Medvedev extends a grass season full of strong emotions. Daniil has chained finals in Stuttgart and Halle before going to the Mallorca Championships, where he will try to protect the title he won a year ago. Renowned writer and television analyst Clay Travis has hit out at US Open organizers after no relaxation in rules for unvaccinated players.
20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic could be embroiled in another saga after being unable to play earlier this year at the Australian Open.
Matteo Berrettini speaks about Djokovic
During the interview, Matteo Berrettini opined that beating Novak Djokovic at a Grand Slam is one of the hardest things to do in tennis.
“Probably beating him in a Slam is like one of the toughest things you can ever think to do. Last year, he won three Grand Slams and made it to the finals of the fourth. This makes it hard to find a way to beat him," Berrettini said.
"But one thing is for sure: every time I play him in a Slam, I feel like I’m getting closer to him because, obviously, the more you play against someone, the more you learn about them," he added. US immigration confirmed that a negative COVID test will be required before departing.
However, a vaccination proof certificate will be mandatory on arrival. With this ruling, Djokovic could even miss the Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati and Toronto.