Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz didn't want to let Alexander Bublik dictate the pace and he managed to do so. Hurkacz, ranked at No. 18 in the world, overcame Bublik in straight-sets 6-3 6-4 6-2 to reach his first round-of-16 at Wimbledon.
"‘I felt really good today. Bublik has such a big serve and comes forward, playing drop shots, so it is very tricky to play him,” Hurkacz said. “I think I was serving well, and I tried to stay aggressive, so he would have to be more defensive.
This was crucial as I did not want him to dictate the game. “I had a few tough weeks after Miami, I was probably a little bit tired afterwards. My game was good [throughout], I just needed one match [win] to feel more confident, and I feel I am now playing really well again”.
Hurkacz routinely handled Bublik
Hurkacz converted his fourth break point in the sixth game to take a 4-2 first-set lead. After claiming a break in the sixth game, Hurkacz routinely served out for the opener in the ninth game.
Hurkacz then broke Bublik in the fifth game of the second set to take a 3-2 lead. The Pole didn't let Bublik earn a single break point in the second set as he served out for a two-set lead in the 10th game. Bublik led 2-1 after the opening three games of the third set, before Hurkacz claimed back-to-back games and won five games in a row to complete a straight-set win.
Hurkacz plays next against the winner of the match between Daniil Medvedev and Marin Cilic. "I love grass," Medvedev said. "Wimbledon is always going to be special for me." After winning his maiden Masters 1000 title in Miami, Hurkacz cooled off.
Hurkacz had a bad clay season as he went only 1-4 during the clay season. The Pole also didn't have a start promising start to the grass season, losing his openers in Stuttgart and Halle.