The final of the Miami Open this Sunday between Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner was the most important clash in the careers of the two players! In pursuit of the first Masters 1000 crown for Poland, Hubert defeated his Italian doubles partner, Jannik Sinner, with a score of 7-6, 6-4, in one hour and 43 minutes.
He won the first Masters 1000 title for his country and at the age of 24 joined the special list of champions at the ATP premium level. Hurkacz had not lost a game in Florida this year, having also won the crown of Delray Beach at the start of the season before extending this great stretch in Miami.
At the same time, he added 1000 points to his total and passed 21 rivals on the ATP roster, which now puts him in the top 16. It was the first Masters 1000 final between two players since the top 30 since Paris 2003, Hurkacz became the lowest ranked champion to reach this level since Paris 2005 and Tomas Berdych.
The Pole won nine more points than the Italian, and did not defend any of the three shocking opportunities he suffered, but cleared this deficit with four innings on 11 occasions. The first set lasted almost 60 minutes, and there were four service breaks, as well as a close battle that could be won by both sides.
As in the semi-final match against Bautista Agut, Jannik was broken on his first serve when his backhand landed too far, and Hubert was able to climb back to 3-0 after a deuce.
Hubert Hurkacz defeated Sinner for first title Masters 1000 at 24
Sinner broke in the fifth game and pushed back two long-range chances in the next to tie the score at 3-3.
The teenager then saved another break point in the eighth game with a winning save and made the first lead with a break at 15 for a 5-5 lead after forcing Hurkacz’s backhand error.
Serving for the set, the Italian suffered a 40-0 break that kept his rival in the game for the tie-break. With that momentum on his side, Hubert made a 6-2 hole in the tie-break and won it 7-4 after Jannik’s forehand error.
With nothing working for him, Jannik claimed just five points in the first four games of the second set to finish at 7-6 and 4-0. The teenager pulverized a forehand error in the opening game and was again broken at 0-2.
By conceding two break points in the fifth game, Sinner averted an even bigger disaster and gained at least one momentum that led him to a break in the sixth game.
Staying calm kept Hubert at 30 in the eighth and tenth games, before sealing the game for good when Sinner hit a foul play at 5-4. The young Pole was thus able to celebrate the proudest moment of his career to date.