The event without any member of the Big 3 (also Thiem didn’t participate) and the first Masters 1K final with players outside the Top 30 since Paris ’03! It was an ugly match with the progress contrary to that what I had assumed. I expected Sinner  would turn Hurkacz  into an error machine, but the Pole proved to be more patient – in the opener he hadn’t hit a ground-stroke winner until he led *5:2 in the tie-break! Before it, he led 3:0*, then trailed 5:6* when broke back quickly. In the 2nd set Hurkacz raced to a 4:0* lead, but Sinner withstood two break points in the 5th game and cut to 4:5* (30-all) when Hurkacz forced another two errors. It’s arguably the biggest success in Polish male tennis (surpassing Fibak’s Masters ’76 final and Janowicz’s Wimbledon ’13 semifinal). “Last year I spent here almost half a year,” ‘the Prince of Florida’ said after the final. “I was practising in the hottest weather during the spring and summer here, so I think that helped me a lot playing now in Florida, especially in these pretty tough conditions here, because it was a little bit slow here. The wind was blowing from side to side sometimes, so it’s huge.” Hurkacz played 10 matches this year in Florida, and won them all (in his first event of the year he triumphed in very poorly filled Delray Beach, not facing a Top 100 opponent en route to the title).
Hurkacz’s route to his 3rd title:
2 Denis Kudla 7-6(5), 6-4
3 Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6(6)
4 Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
Q Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
S Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4
W Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4
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