Hubert Hurkacz Beats Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem to This Incredible Feat After Miami Open 2021 Victory

Published 04/05/2021, 2:02 PM EDT
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


Hubert Hurkacz’s maiden Masters 1000 title at Miami has not only come as an affirmation of his growing profile in the men’s circuit but has also fueled hopes back home that he could be the Pole star, quite literally, in the years to come.

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Even as thousands of tennis fans are chanting his name on the streets of Poland after his stupendous win over promising Italian Jannik Sinner in the Miami final, it’s not the trophy alone that they should be celebrating.

Hubert Hurkacz won his maiden Masters 1000 title in his 14th attempt, Roger Federer did it in his 22nd attempt

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The championship win has taken Hurkacz to a career-high ranking of No.16. But that’s not all. It turns out that the 6’5” Pole lifted his maiden Masters 1000 title in his 14th attempt, leaving many accomplished names in the game trailing in the cold.

What makes the feat especially noteworthy is the fact that the mighty Roger Federer won his first Masters 1000 title on his 22nd attempt. Former US Open champion Andy Roddick got there in his 21st attempt, while retired Australian star Lleyton Hewitt also won his first in his 22 tries.

Just to put more context to his accomplishment, three-time Grand champion Andy Murray won his maiden Masters 1000 championship in his 25th attempt and Aussie legend Patrick Rafter did it in his 29th.

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; 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

Reigning US Open Dominic Thiem trails further below in the list, having won his first Masters 1000 trophy in his 41st try.

Argentinians, David Nalbandian and Juan Martin Del Potro, got there in their 44th and 52nd attempts, respectively.

Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek took 50 tries to clinch his first Masters 1000 crown.

Hubert Hurkacz pulled off two of his biggest wins back-to-back against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev

Though he came into the event as more of a pretender to the title, Hurkacz pulled off two of his biggest wins back-to-back to seal his passage to his maiden Masters final.

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A brilliant comeback win over World Number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas was followed by a clinical straight-set triumph over in-form Russian Andrey Rublev.

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Going into the final with a world of belief, the 24-year-old powered past Sinner in straight sets to lift the title.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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