Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was amazed by the kindness of Pole Hubert Hurkacz. Hurkacz, who made the Wimbledon semifinal, suffered a tight loss to Medvedev in the Toronto Masters quarterfinal. After losing a tight one to Medvedev, Hurack hugged Medvedev.
"He's (Hubert Hurkacz) probably one of the nicest guys on tour," Medvedev said, per Sportskeeda. "Losing a match like this, I'm talking about myself, I would be probably really disappointed. I would say 'congrats' to the guy but I'd probably not hug him or whatever; I'd just to go in the locker room and cry there.
Not literally, but kind of."
Medvedev escaped with a tight win
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Hurkacz 2-6 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5). The players were tied at two games apiece in the first set, before Hurkacz claimed back-to-back breaks to win the opener.
Medvedev, who saved two break points in the sixth game of the second set, held to his serve much better in the second set and managed to force a tie-break. In the tie-break, Medvedev converted his second set point to force a decider.
In the third set, Medvedev saved a break point in the first and 11th game, before realizing his third match point in the tie-break to complete a comeback win. “He had his chances and he was probably the better player for at least two sets for sure, but that’s tennis,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
“We both have great serves and I managed to hit some aces when I needed to. “It was definitely not easy. He was on top of me. But to win matches like this gives you a huge boost of confidence. It’s a pleasure to be standing here and giving interviews”. Medvedev will be fighting against John Isner for a place in the Toronto final.