Top-ranked Pole Hubert Hurkacz couldn't hide his happiness after stunning Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Miami Masters. Hurkacz, ranked at No. 37 in the world, recovered from a set down to surprise No. 2 seed Tsitsipas 2-6 6-3 6-4 and reach his maiden Masters semifinal in Miami.
Hurkacz is having an outstanding campaign in Miami as so far he has also beaten Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic. “It is so big [to be in my first Masters 1000 semi-final], especially in front of the crowd here in Miami,” said Hurkacz after beating Tsitsipas, as revealed on the ATP website.
“It is a super big win for me and I can’t wait for the next match”.
Hurkacz fought his way back
Tsitsipas made a perfect start to the match as he broke Hurkacz in the opening game of the match. Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game but also failed to convert any of his three break point chances a game later.
The Greek then earned his second break in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener a game later. Tsitsipas also started the second set with a 2-0 lead but this time Hurkacz responded with two breaks to steal the set and force a decider.
In the third set, Hurkacz broke Tsitsipas in the fifth game and held on to his serve to complete a comeback win. “I was trying to keep fighting and that’s what I did,” said Hurkacz. “[I am] super pumped and happy that I was able to turn this match around”.
Hurkacz acknowledged it was hard to keep up with Tsitsipas early on in the match. “He was returning very well and I had to play a lot of rallies,” said Hurkacz. “At the beginning of the match, I tried to go for too much, so then I was trying to adapt my game a little bit”.