Hubert Hurkacz Enters Top 20 After Claiming Biggest Career Title at Miami Open 2021 Against Jannik Sinner

Published 04/04/2021, 2:56 PM EDT
Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland salutes the crowd after his match against Andrey Rublev of Russia (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


It was the night of the finale at the Miami Open 2021 and Jannik Sinner was up against Hubert Hurcakz. In an exciting clash, it was the in-form Hurkacz who crushed his opponent in straight sets and managed to lift the title. He also became the first Polish man to win an ATP Masters tournament. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 6-4.

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Interestingly, Jannik Sinner became the second teenager after Rafael Nadal to end the Miami Open as a runner-up. Even though he played remarkably well, he was just not as good as Hubert Hurkacz at the ATP Masters. With this win, Hurkacz will now move to the 16th spot in the rankings.

Set-1: Jannik Sinner loses a close tie-breaker

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Hubert began the set in style as he took went on to win three straight games. Interestingly, he broke in the second game and was leading quite comfortably 3-0. However, Sinner struck back and after breaking in the fifth game, he soon equalized the scoreline.

The one who served continued to win after this short dominant phase by both players and the scoreline reached 5-5. However, something unique happened after this and Sinner broke yet again and was now just one game away. Serving for the set, the Italian player made too many errors allowing Hubert to regain momentum. As a result, the Polish player broke to send the set into a tie-breaker.

Hubert played amazingly well in the tie-breaker as well and secured an early lead. When Sinner tried to fight back, he delivered some brilliant forehand winners to earn 4 set-points. Even though Sinner managed to secure two of them, he couldn’t save the third and lost the set 6(4)-7(7).

Set-2: Game, set, and title for Hubert Hurkacz

The Polish player was just not ready to give any sort of momentum to Sinner. He again won three back-to-back games by breaking twice and took his lead to 3-0. Sinner was definitely under pressure and had to do something in order to make a comeback.

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Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy reaches for a backhand against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

However, Hurkacz was just not ready to give any sort of time to Sinner. He carried forward his momentum and won the next game as well to widen the margin at 4-0. He even managed to earn 2 break-points in the subsequent game but failed to capitalize on both of them. As a result, Sinner finally opened his account of games in the second set and reduced the margin to some extent.

Surprisingly, the Italian player gained some momentum and broke in the next game to bring the scoreline to 4-2. He won yet again and was now just one game away to equalize the scoreline.

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However, Hurkacz gained his form back and won the next game to take his lead to 5-3. Even though Sinner won the next game, Hurkacz didn’t take long after this, won the subsequent game, won the set 6-4, and thus lifted the Miami Open 2021 title.

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Anshul Singh

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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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