Hubert Hurkacz Triumphs Over Andrey Rublev in Thrilling Shanghai Masters Final


Hubert Hurkacz Triumphs Over Andrey Rublev in Thrilling Shanghai Masters Final

The Polish player’s powerful performance earned him his second Masters victory, adding to his triumph in Miami in 2021, and marked his seventh ATP title overall.

Hubert Hurkacz saved a match point and defeated fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8) in a thrilling Shanghai Masters final on Sunday. The 16th seed described it as an intense battle, particularly emotionally, with a see-sawing third-set tiebreak, all while in the presence of the watching Roger Federer.

“It was such a battle, especially emotionally,” Hurkacz said, recalling the dramatic match points. “It was back and forth and such a tricky match.”

Hurkacz took an early lead in the first set by breaking Rublev, who responded with frustration, but the Pole maintained his dominance, displaying his powerful serve that troubled the Russian throughout the match.

The first set, sealed with an ace, was the first that Rublev conceded in Shanghai. However, Rublev fought back, claiming the second set and pushing the match to a decisive third set.

In a gripping third set, Rublev saved a match point, although moments earlier, his aggressive approach and shouting at courtside photographers had earned him the disapproval of the crowd. The two competitors eventually entered a tiebreak, which Hurkacz ultimately won.

Reflecting on his victory, Hurkacz attributed his success to his unwavering self-belief, especially during challenging moments in the tiebreak.

Rublev, while acknowledging Hurkacz’s exceptional serving, expressed his satisfaction with his performance throughout the week and focused on qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin.

Despite a confrontational moment with photographers that drew a reprimand from the umpire, Rublev felt that he had managed his emotions better compared to the previous day.

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