ATP Delray Beach: Hubert Hurkacz downs injured Sebastian Korda to win the title



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ATP Delray Beach: Hubert Hurkacz downs injured Sebastian Korda to win the title

World no. 35 Hubert Hurkacz became the second ATP champion in 2021, beating the young gun Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-3 to lift the Delray Beach trophy. Hubert looked good against Daniel Elahi Galan, Roberto Quiroz and Christian Harrison, reaching the final without losing a set and repeating that against the young American to celebrate the first crown since Winston-Salem 2019.

The 20-year-old Korda defeated John Isner en route to the final, seeking the first ATP trophy in only his fifth tournament at this level. It wasn't to be for him, though, struggling with a leg injury and not playing at his best.

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

The youngster made a perfect start, breaking Hurkacz at love and holding with an ace in game two to open an early gap. Korda forced an error from Hurkacz in game four to remain in front, looking strong so far in his young career's most important match.

Finding his range on the return, the Pole broke back in game six and grabbed another return game at 4-3 despite Sebastian's game points. Serving for the set, Hurkacz 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 he had to receive a medical timeout on his left leg.

Hubert Hurkacz defeated Sebastian Korda to win the Delray Beach crown.

Struggling to move as he would want, Sebastian sprayed a backhand error in game five to suffer a break and push the rival in front.

The American stayed in the sixth game before Hubert grabbed it with a service winner to move further in front. Sebastian held at love in game seven following a booming serve but got broken at 3-5 while serving to stay in the match.

Hurkacz sealed the deal with a lob winner to celebrate the second ATP title and make the season's best start. "I was trying to focus on the things that I should do and stay aggressive because Sebastian is never going to hand me the match.

Sometimes it's even tougher when your opponent is not feeling 100 percent well. He's trying to focus on what he can do, and he can serve big and hit big shots from the baseline. I needed to stay aggressive and get an advantage there," Hubert Hurkacz said.