Hurkacz makes history with maiden ATP 1000 title in Miami

Hubert Hurkacz took down teenage sensation Jannik Sinner on a memorable day for the Polish player.

Agency News Contributor

Updated - 5 April 2021 12:00 pm

Hubert Hurkacz made history after trumping Jannik Sinner in the Miami Open final for his first ATP 1000 title. Hurkacz became Poland's first ATP 1000 champion thanks to his 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over teenage sensation Sinner in Miami on Sunday.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, fourth seed Andrey Rublev, sixth seed Denis Shapovalov and 12th seed Milos Raonic were all upstaged by Hurkacz en route to the decider. Hurkacz – the 26th seed, capped his memorable run with an impressive win against 19-year-old Italian and occasional doubles partner Sinner following one hour, 45 minutes on court.

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Set to break into the ATP Tour's top 20 for the first time in his career, moving from 37 to a career-high 16th in the world, Hurkacz became the fourth player to win his first ATP 1000 trophy via the Miami Open since 1990 – following in the footsteps of John Isner (2018), Novak Djokovic (2007) and Andre Agassi (1990).

"I played [some] of the best tennis I've ever played," Hurkacz, who converted seven of 11 break-point chances against ATP 1000 finals debutant Sinner, said. "I was solid throughout the whole tournament, and I was able to get through each round, [and] was even more pumped for the next round. I think that's something special for me."

"My tennis is getting better. We work hard with my coach, [Craig Boynton], and I'm super happy that it happened here. We still need to improve a couple of things and just try to get better each day."

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Hurkacz became the first player this ATP Tour season to win two titles, having already claimed the Delray Beach Open. The 24-year-old added, "Last year I spent so much time in Florida. I was here like almost half of the year." "We were working pretty hard, and I think I'm used to the conditions. I think [that's] been part of the success I had here in Florida."

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