Coach Craig Boynton admitted even he is a bit surprised to see Hubert Hurkacz achieving what he has in 2021 since he expected the Pole to have a big season in 2022. Hurkacz captured his maiden Masters title in Miami, made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, broke into the top-100 and made his debut at the ATP Finals.
"I had no doubt that he would have made it here. I would have said, 'Well, that was pretty quick.' I told people that fall of 2021 was going to be his time, but then Covid hit. I actually thought this all was going to happen next year.
I would have signed right then. The only surprise to me is how quickly it’s come about. It’s not a surprise that he’s here at all," Boyton told the ATP Finals website. In one the biggest matches of his career, Hurkacz saw off Jannik Sinner in the Miami Masters final.
"I wouldn’t say he’s played his best tennis in the final, but he competes. He plays his best tennis when it’s most important. He competes. He just finds a way. Obviously he serves well and that helps," Boyton said.
Coach compared Hurkacz to Andy Murray in the last
When Boynton started working with Hurkacz in 2018, he mentioned he thought the Pole had the shades of Murray in him. "The mannerisms and the way Hubi and Andy walk and do things are similar.
Hubi used to return a lot like Andy, but we’ve changed that. Andy’s balance on return is off the charts, you have that or you don’t. It’s really difficult to produce that. We’ve changed that return," Boynton explained.
"Hubi serves pretty well and Andy has improved his serve a lot. But I don’t see the similarities as much anymore. But they do have similar characteristics and traits. I think once we changed his return style, it’s not as prevalent."