Hubert Hurkacz Claims ATP Shanghai Title with Thrilling Victory over Andrey Rublev


Hubert Hurkacz Claims ATP Shanghai Title with Thrilling Victory over Andrey Rublev

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In a nail-biting showdown, World No. 17 Hubert Hurkacz captured his second Masters 1000 crown in Shanghai, overcoming Andrey Rublev with a hard-fought score of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in an epic battle lasting two hours and six minutes. Hurkacz’s victory saw him fend off a match point in the tiebreak, marking his most significant title since his triumph in Miami in 2021.

Arriving in Shanghai with a 32-20 record for 2023, Hubert Hurkacz found his A-game in China and inched closer to a return to the top 10. Both players displayed remarkable serving prowess, delivering 34 aces while remaining neck and neck throughout the match, with just a single point separating them.

Hurkacz’s first-serve performance proved superior, whereas the Russian, Andrey Rublev, showcased more reliability with his second serve. Hubert saved one out of two break points, while Andrey thwarted three out of four break opportunities.

The Polish star dominated Rublev in shorter rallies of up to four strokes, while the top-10-ranked player responded with finesse in longer, more complex exchanges, leaving everything on the court, including saving that crucial match point. The match commenced with five commanding holds before Rublev faced challenges at 2-3.

In the end, Hubert Hurkacz emerged as the 2023 Shanghai Masters champion. The Russian succumbed to the third break point, with Hubert seizing the opportunity with a thunderous forehand down the line winner. Hubert’s impressive serving in the seventh and ninth games led to him clinching the opener 6-3, taking just 31 minutes.

The second set witnessed Andrey Rublev’s strong service game, as he secured five commanding holds and maintained the pressure. He gained an early advantage with a forehand down the line winner in the second game, securing his only break and gaining momentum.

Though Andrey lost a couple of points towards the end of the set, he managed to close it out with a service winner at 5-3, forcing a deciding third set after 62 minutes of intense play. Hubert had a momentary stumble during the third set, wasting game points at 1-1, which led to the second and final break point of the match.

With a powerful serve, Hubert denied the break point and held his serve, staying firmly in contention. The following six games saw both players serving well, and Hubert managed to break through, moving ahead 5-4 with a stunning forehand down the line winner in the ninth game. Rublev, too, had his chances but faced a match point.

Amidst a gripping final set, Rublev defied the match point with an ace for 6-6. He continued to resist two more match points at 6-7 and 7-8, demonstrating remarkable resilience. In the end, it was Hubert Hurkacz who prevailed, landing a service winner for 9-8 and securing his fourth match point.

The match concluded with an extended rally, during which Hubert showcased impeccable backhand defense, forcing an error from his opponent and ultimately celebrating the title in Shanghai.


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