DISAPPOINTMENT!! Andy Murray Got Thrashed by Hubert Hurkacz in Straight Sets at ATP Moselle Open 2021

Published 09/24/2021, 12:02 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain after a 5th set miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


After enjoying back-to-back victories at the ATP Moselle Open this week, former world no.1 Andy Murray lost in straight sets to the youngster Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals, 7-6,6-3.

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Right from the start of the contest, the duo weren’t interested in losing their serves as they engaged in constant baseline rallies more often than not. Murray, who was in top form entering the contest managed to push Hurkacz to the limit in the set and took it to a tie-breaker.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain hits to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Hubert Hurkacz got the better off Andy Murray in ATP Moselle Open Quarter-finals

It was the Pole who came out on top in the breaker as he played crucial points well and clinched the first set, 7-6. When it mattered, Hurkacz was able to hit aces while Murray struggled with his baseline defense.

Both Hurkacz and Murray faced each other for the first time in Cincinnati Masters this year. That contest was won the Polish player in straight sets, 7-6,6-3. The duo have similar playing styles except the fact that Hurkacz can hit more aces than the Brit.

Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland plays a shot against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during the quarter finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Coming to Metz, Hurkacz had the momentum going into the second set as he immediately broke Murray to gain a early lead. It looked all over for the Brit as Hurkacz breeze past him and took a lead of 4-1.

Even though Murray maintained consistency in his serve since then, it didn’t matter much as the Pole already got what he needed to reach the semis.

With his accurate serve, it seemed as if there was no stopping Hubert Hurkacz from clinching the match in straight sets. The Pole served for the match at 5-3, where Murray decided to test Hurkacz’s ability to close out the match.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in action during his semi final match against Itay’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Brit was able to take the game to deuce and even had a break point. Had Murray won that, it would have been a different story altogether. Just when he was facing intense pressure from the other end, Hurkacz relied on his serve to do the job.

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The Pole hit an ace down the T line and brought back the game to deuce. Another unreadable serve from Hurkacz gave him a match point as he closed out the duel in an emphatic manner.

Despite playing well in the initial two games, Murray just couldn’t live up to Hurkacz as he failed to convert any of his four break point chances and ended up losing the match.

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Following this quarter-final victory, Hubert Hurkacz will now face Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-finls of ATP Moselle Open.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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