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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday June 19, 2022

 
Hubert Hurkacz

Hubert Hurkacz captured his first grass title with a dominant performance against Daniil Medvedev in Halle.

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If Hubert Hurkacz continues to perform like he did in Sunday’s Halle final against Daniil Medvedev, look out Wimbledon.

The 12th-ranked Pole put up a flawless performance to remain undefeated in ATP finals, defeating the top seed 6-1, 6-4 in 63 minutes to earn his first win over a reigning World No.1 and his first ATP title on grass.

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Hurkacz locked down his serve, never facing a break point as he dropped just 13 points in his service games, and went on the attack against Medvedev’s serve, earning eight break points and converting three of them as he navigated his fifth career meeting with the Russian with ease.

After getting blitzed in the opening set, and falling behind by a break in set two, Medvedev’s coach, Gilles Cervara, made a beeline for the exit, leaving the World No.1 with only his wife in his coaching box.


From there the 26-year-old, playing in his second final in as many weeks (loss to Van Rijthoven at 's-Hertogenbosch) managed to hold serve the rest of the way, but he could not make any inroads against Hurkacz’s serve as the Pole marched to the title without any fuss.

Medvedev really wasn't able to establish himself on serve, particularly in the first eight games of the match. He didn't have any free points on serve in teh first set, and in the end he only won 63 percent of his first-serve points, compared to 84 percent for Hurkacz.

He was out-aced by the Pole, 9-3.

Hurkacz improved to 5-0 in ATP finals with his win – the Pole is one of just seven players to have won his first five finals on tour, along with Carlos Alcaraz, Ernests Gulbis, Martin Klizan, Thomas Enqvist, Andrei Medvedev and Sjeng Schalken.


Hurkacz claims his first ATP 500 title and his first on grass. He is 10-2 on grass since the start of Wimbledon last year. A semifinalist last year at SW19, Hurkacz will head to Wimbledon as one of the players with a chance for a deep run.

Medvedev has now lost his last five ATP finals and falls to 13-12 in ATP finals overall.


 

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