Hubert Hurkacz kept it classy after beating Nick Kyrgios as he congratulated the Australian on a great form in recent weeks. Kyrgios, who ended runner-up at Wimbledon before winning last week’s Citi Open in Washington, couldn’t beat Hurkacz and reach his third consecutive semifinal.
In the Montreal Masters quarterfinal, Hurkacz defeated Kyrgios 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-1. “Nick has been playing some incredible tennis throughout the past weeks, so it is a pleasure playing against him,” Hurkacz said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“I hope the fans enjoyed it as well, but I am happy with the result in the end”.
Hurkacz recovered from losing a tight second set
Kyrgios had the first break point of the match in the fifth game but Hurkacz saved it to avoid going down by an early break.
After saving a break point, Hurkacz had his own break point in the eighth game but didn’t convert and the set eventually went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, Hurkacz took an early 4-1 lead, before realizing his second set point to win the first set.
In the second set, both players had break points, but as it was the case in the first set, neither could realize and the set went into another tie-break. In the tie-break, the two players were tied to five points apiece before Kyrgios won the next two points to take a 6-4 lead.
Kyrgios didn’t realize his first set point but realized his second to send the match into a third set. After losing the first set, Hurkacz bounced back by claiming the first break of the match in the second game of the third set.
Hurkacz earned his second break in the sixth game, before serving out for the match in the following game. “I started really well. Nick was maybe a little bit injured, which might have hurt his serve. With both of us serving so well, that few per cent can make the difference," Hurkacz added.