Hubert Hurkacz Claims Victory in Shanghai, Reflects on Memorable Match in Roger Federer's Presence


Hubert Hurkacz Claims Victory in Shanghai, Reflects on Memorable Match in Roger Federer’s Presence

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Hubert Hurkacz Secures Second ATP Masters 1000 Title with Thrilling Win over Andrey Rublev in Shanghai Rolex Masters 2023

In a high-stakes showdown at the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2023, Hubert Hurkacz emerged victorious, clinching his second career ATP Masters 1000 title by defeating his Russian counterpart, Andrey Rublev, in a nail-biting final.

Throughout the tournament, Hurkacz’s powerful serve proved to be a decisive factor, as he unleashed an astonishing 98 aces, outshining all other competitors. It was a single ace that, at a crucial moment, allowed him to seize victory from the jaws of defeat.

Reflecting on his remarkable achievement, Hurkacz expressed his excitement in the post-match press conference: “It was an incredible final, perhaps the most thrilling I’ve ever played. It was the climax of a Masters 1000, and both Andrey and I had match points. The intensity was palpable. I focused on executing my shots and believed in my abilities. Andrey showcased exceptional tennis, and I pushed myself to perform at my best. This is my third time participating in this tournament, and now I’ve clinched the title. I’m overjoyed.”

With his triumph in Shanghai, Hurkacz keeps his hopes alive for a coveted spot in the ATP Finals in Turin. Currently ranking eleventh in the Race, he sits only 335 points behind Holger Rune.

Hurkacz remarked on his tournament victory’s significance in the context of his ATP Finals aspirations: “I knew I had to secure the tournament win to have a shot at the ATP Finals. It’s been a fantastic week, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I’m committed to continuous improvement. The support from the fans has been phenomenal. They’ve been there after every match, seeking photos and exchanges. I’ve done my best to engage with them. I’ll give it my all, and the outcome in the upcoming tournaments remains to be seen.”

Among the crowd in attendance at the event was none other than tennis legend Roger Federer.

Hurkacz, recognizing the presence of the tennis icon, paid his respects: “This tournament has seen extraordinary champions in the past, and in my victory speech, I tried to express my gratitude to everyone. I inadvertently overlooked mentioning Roger, but I want to extend my thanks to him for attending. I hope he doesn’t take it personally! Playing in front of him is a unique experience, and I hope he found it enjoyable.”


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