Night session match, windy conditions and only for the second time in history a Pole in the Masters 1K semifinal, and like the previous time (Paris ’12) a straight set win for him. It was the second match between these two (Hurkacz won in Rome ’20 in three sets), and similarly to their first meeting, Hurkacz  managed to neutralise very aggressive baseline game of the Russian . Apart from the clinching games in both sets, it was a straightforward win for the Pole. He was 0/30 serving at 5:3 in the opener, and saved three break points in the last game of the match (one of them with a great backhand down the line). “It means a lot, especially after winning a title at the beginning of the year, I had a couple of rough matches,” Hurkacz said in his on-court interview. “So I’m so happy that I came over and I was still trying to improve my game and trying to be a better player. This is really huge for me.”
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