World No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz thought his return was the key in an upset win over No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev in Miami. Hurkacz, seeded at No. 6, delivered a great performance on Thursday in Miami as he saw off world No. 2 Medvedev 7-6 (7) 6-3 in the Miami quarterfinal.
“I think the return was crucial. I was able to make a lot of returns and get some free points on my serve, because having rallies with Daniil is fun, but they get long,” Hurkacz said on his on-court interview, per the ATP Tour website.
“It is good I was able to get some free points. “I have spent a lot of time in Florida, so I am used to the humidity. I think the conditions were in my favour today, so I tried to use them”.
Hurkacz sends Medvedev packing out of Miami
Hurkacz made a good start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 lead.
Hurkacz had a chance to go up by a double break in the first set but he missed out on a break point in the sixth game. Hurkacz continued to miss out on his chances as he blew two consecutive set points on Medvedev's serve in the eighth game.
After blowing break and set points in back-to-back games, Hurkacz got broken back as Medvedev broke the Pole in the ninth game and managed to force a tie-break. Hurkacz opened an early 3-1 lead in the tie-break Medvedev responded by winning three consecutive points to overturn the deficit and take a 4-3 lead.
Just when it seemed that Medvedev would steal the first set, Hurkacz managed to regain his focus and win the tie-break. It took five set points before Hurkacz finally put an end to the first set. Hurkacz then put pressure on Medvedev's serve early on in the second set but the Russian managed to save two break points in the first game.
Hurkacz didn't get the break in the opening game of the second set but he broke Medvedev in the fifth and ninth game to seal a straight-set win.