Poland's Hubert Hurkacz didn't hide his happiness and excitement after beating No. 1 seed Benoit Paire in the Winston-Salem Open final to win his maiden ATP title. Hurkacz, 22, prevailed over the top-seeded Frenchman 6-3 3-6 6-3 to become the first Pole with an ATP title since Wojtek Fibak's 1982 Chicago title run.
"That is a lot of time [without a Polish champion]. I am so glad that I have been able to win an ATP Tour event,” Hurkacz said, as revealed on the ATP website. “I hope many more guys will join me soon and that I will win some more.
It means a lot to me and I am glad that I won this tournament here. Hurkacz was up by a set and a break before Paire stole the second set and claimed an early third-set break. However, the third-seeded Pole showed good mental strength as he didn't let Paire complete a big comeback win in the final.
"It is a huge win for me today. Benoit is an amazing player so it is a really great win for me," Hurkacz insisted. "[It was a] great match. I had to fight a lot but I am so excited that I lifted my first trophy here."