“Beat Big Names on Road to Finals”: Novak Djokovic Hails Hubert Hurkacz on Miami Open Victory

Published 04/13/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia watches the final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on June 14, during the 3rd day of Summer Adria Tour, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)


Hubert Hurkacz emerged as the winner of the Miami Open 2021 after defeating the in-form Jannik Sinner in the finals. Interestingly, Hurkacz thrashed the 19-year-old in straight sets and lifted his first ATP Masters 1000 title. In a recent interview, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic praised the youngster for playing some exceptional tennis in Miami.

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Djokovic spoke about how the Miami Open 2021 was a great tournament for youngsters and mentioned that Hubert Hurkacz had played some fantastic tennis throughout the tournament.

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland celebrates after match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

“Yeah! A great tournament for young guys. Both Sinner and Hurkacz played a fantastic tournament. They beat some big names on the road to the finals,” said Djokovic.

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The Serbian legend also praised Jannik Sinner for showing consistency since the last year. He believes that he can be a leader of the next generation one day as he can play well on any surface.

“You know, Sinner has been consistent for the last year and a half. If not the leader, he’s definitely one of the leaders of the next generation of players coming up… He’s playing equally well on clay and on hardcourt and on the other surfaces. So that’s great to see,” added the World No. 1 player.

“A fantastic guy”- Novak Djokovic on Hubert Hurkacz

Djoker highlighted that Hurkacz is on good terms with almost all the players on tour and is a fantastic guy. He also revealed an interesting characteristic of the Polish player.

Apr 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland poses with the Butch Bucholz trophy after his match against Jannik Sinner of Italy (not pictured) in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

“Hurkacz is also a fantastic guy, friends with many players on the tour. I know he works hard and smiles. He always smiles everywhere he goes. I actually saw him today and I couldn’t be happier for him, you know. I congratulated him and he really deserved that,” concluded the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Novak Djokovic and Hubert Hurkacz are both playing at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 right now. The Polish player recently got a walkover in his first match, while Djokovic will most probably face Jannik Sinner in his first match. Will Djokovic be able to win yet another Monte Carlo Masters title yet again?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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