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Hurkacz thrashes Medvedev for Halle title, sounds Wimbledon warning

Hubert Hurkacz Daniil Medvedev

Tennis – ATP 500 – Halle Open – Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany – June 19, 2022 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz celebrates with the trophy after successful his ultimate match towards Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz confirmed his Wimbledon credentials on Sunday, hammering world primary Daniil Medvedev 6-1 6-4 to win the ATP 500 grasscourt event in Halle, Germany.

World quantity 12 Hurkacz defeated Medvedev and Roger Federer en path to the semifinals at Wimbledon final 12 months and confirmed he’ll as soon as once more be a power to reckon with when the Championships kick off on June 27.

Halle is the 25-year-old Pole’s fifth ATP singles title, and he stored his document in finals to date unblemished along with his victory in simply over an hour when he transformed his second matchpoint with a backhand volley.

“I’m tremendous excited, I’ve been ready a bit of bit for my first (title) this 12 months,” Hurkacz stated throughout his victory speech. “I’m comfortable to win my first ATP 500 title and naturally, on the grass it is extremely particular.

“Daniil is an unbelievable participant. He’s the very best participant on the planet so it’s very tough to play him. All the appropriate pictures went my means in the beginning, so I positively gained plenty of momentum from that.”

In distinction, it was a fifth straight defeat in a championship match for Medvedev, who has not gained a title since denying Novak Djokovic the calendar Grand Slam to win the 2021 U.S. Open for his maiden main triumph.

Play was briefly halted throughout the ultimate when a protestor ran onto the court docket and tried to tie herself to the online earlier than being dragged away by safety guards.

Earlier this month, an environmental activist interrupted the French Open males’s semifinal between Marin Cilic and Casper Ruud for quarter-hour when she jumped onto Court docket Philippe Chatrier and tied and glued herself to the online.

Medvedev, who is not going to be allowed to compete at Wimbledon as a result of its ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers, got here into Sunday’s match having not dropped a set whereas saving 22 of the 23 break factors he confronted throughout his 4 matches.

However the Russian struggled to get his first serves in as Hurkacz jumped right into a 5-0 lead very quickly with two breaks of his opponent’s supply.

Medvedev lastly held his serve at 1-5 earlier than Hurkacz wrapped up the opening set in 27 minutes.

There was, nonetheless, no finish to Medvedev’s frustrations within the second set because the Pole as soon as once more broke serve early, persevering with to dominate the rallies each from the again of the court docket and when he superior to the online.

Medvedev saved two breakpoints to carry serve within the seventh sport to remain near Hurkacz, however he couldn’t get the break again towards his opponent, who didn’t enable the Russian a single alternative on his personal supply throughout the complete match.

“I used to be serving fairly good right now and bought a bit of little bit of momentum from the primary sport,” Hurkacz added.

“I saved a few deuces on my service sport after which I managed to interrupt Daniil’s serve so I positively bought a bit of little bit of momentum. I’m very proud of the win in entrance of such an amazing crowd right here.”

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