After winning the first set in a tie breaker, the Pole won the second a little easier to take out the match in straight sets, 7-67, 6-3.
Hurkacz served a whopping five aces across the match to Medvedev’s two, but the double fault count was quite the opposite. Medvedev served a whopping six double faults, compared to only two from Hurkacz.
The Pole finished with a higher first serve percentage, a higher first serve points won percentage, and a higher second serve points won percentage than his Russian opponent.
Medvedev did save a higher number of break points, but he did face vastly more of them than Hurkacz did.
Post-match, Hurkacz spoke of how crucial his returns were.
“I think the return was crucial. I was able to make a lot of returns and get some free points on my serve, because having rallies with Daniil is fun, but they get long,” Hurkacz said on his on-court interview. “It is good I was able to get some free points.”
He also said post-match that the tough conditions were actually in his favour.
“I have spent a lot of time in Florida, so I am used to the humidity,” he said. “I think the conditions were in my favour today, so I tried to use them.”
Speaking about his next opponent, Hurkacz says that “Carlos has been playing some amazing tennis this year, only played good matches I think, so that would be super tough.”
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