The first set started well for Hubert Hurkacz, who quickly broke Oscar Otti and raised his lead. In the following matches, the Pole maintained a breakthrough advantage. At 5:3, he missed the set ball. A moment later, in his own position, he achieved his goal – he finished the match with a score of 6: 4.
Hurkacz He played with great confidence and served well. From the start of the match Toys It looked just as expected: Lots of selloffs, broken speed, a little longer movement. Ooty is one of the players who prefers this approach. The German avoided long exchanges like fire. The Polish had to react very quickly to his services and sudden plays, but he coped with them brilliantly.
The second batch was better for Hurkacz. Two quick breaks allowed him to play the following actions very calmly. It was clear that the Pole was saving his strength in the opponent’s matches when he actually got an advantage. The 25-year-old from Wrocław is already a seasoned competitor. He understands that a Grand Slam can be long, the competition is up to three sets, and the event takes place in very difficult conditions (New York is hot and humid at this time of year). He finished the second match with a score of 6: 2.
The coach was the biggest surprise
The third set started like the previous ones – from Otte’s serve break. Hurkacz has been very consistent in Game. He built an advantage with his own passes, in the opponent’s matches he did only what the opponent was demanding with his plays. Additionally, he showed up in a defensive match. The pole, more than 1.9 meters high, was impressed by its efficiency. Nor was he bothered by the winds that were blowing hard in New York state on Tuesday evening.
Hurkacz won the first round match US Open 6:4, 6:2, 6:4. There was not a single moment when his victory was in danger. Otti was helpless. The German was repeatedly upset by his mistakes, which he was often forced to do due to the good attacks of the pole. Hurkacz needed such a win at the start of the tournament: fast (1 hour, 45 minutes), very reliable, without much emotion.
The biggest surprise in this match was the sight of coach Hurkacz. Craig Boynton sat in the stands at Court Five without a beard. The American hasn’t wanted to cut it in months. He emphasized that he would only do so when his pupil won a bigger tournament. However, in June, after the victory of the Pole at Halle, he did not keep his promise.
For the best professional result
Thanks to this victory, Hubert Hurkacz equalized his best resultI have achieved so far in New York. Pole never made it past the second round of the US Open. He stopped three times at this point in the tournament. There is a chance that this year our player will go for the longest stretch of his career in New York. He is ranked eighth, and in the next match he will face the best of the duo Sam Querrey – Ilya Ivashka. No matter what his opponent’s final name is, he will be the favourite in this match.
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