Top-ranked Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz acknowledged he knew the win wouldn't come easy against rising American star Sebastian Korda in the Delray Beach Open final. Hurkacz, seeded at No. 4, saw off world No. 119 Korda in straight sets 6-3 6-3 to claim his second ATP title.
Korda, 20, got off to a perfect start as he broke Hurkacz in the opening game for an early 2-0 lead. But Hurkacz didn't panic as the Pole claimed back-to-back breaks to win five games in a row, overturn a 3-1 deficit, and win the opener.
In the second set, Hurkacz earned two breaks and lost none of his service games to wrap up a straight-set win. "I was trying to focus on [the] things that I should do and to stay aggressive, because Sebastian is never going to hand me the match,” Hurkacz said after the match, per the ATP website.
“Sometimes It’s even tougher when your opponent is not feeling 100 per cent well. He’s trying to focus on what he can do, and he can serve big and hit big shots from the baseline. So it was crucial for me to stay aggressive and get an advantage there”.
Hurkacz praised Korda
Korda showed great potential at the Delray Beach Open as his run to the final included wins over Son-woo Kwon, Tommy Paul Cameron Norrie and John Isner. "The way [Korda] is playing, it will be amazing what he can achieve in the future,” Hurkacz acknowledged.
“It’s too bad that he wasn’t 100 per cent fit today, but his game is there. I’m sure he’ll be holding many trophies in the future”. Hurkacz acknowledged that it was a perfect start to the season for him and now he hopes to have a good Australian Open campaign.
"It feels great,” Hurkacz said. “It’s the beginning of the season and I still need to work on a couple of things, but I hope I can play even better in Australia”. Hurkacz wasn't the only player to praise Korda this week as American tennis star John Isner did the same.
"He's a good player. I think tonight in particular he was just a little bit better than I was. It was sort of an uphill battle for me out there," Isner said after losing to Korda. "I wasn't maybe feeling that great out there, but I competed hard and I fought hard, but he came up with the goods."