After the first set, the Brazilian appeared to be taking a deserved lead. He didn't have a huge advantage over Hurkacz, but he was able to keep up with him for a long time. This led to a tie-break that was decided by individual fouls. That was enough to take the initiative unexpectedly. This does not mean, of course, that there are no reasons for optimism.
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Hubert Hurkacz's reaction was great
But the second set witnessed a sudden turnaround in Hubert Hurkacz, who significantly reduced the number of errors. However, he was painfully effective, capitalizing on his opponent's decline in form. It became clear that everything would be decided by a third party. In this, Hubert Hurkacz used his greatest advantage.
The Wroclaw player's form in the decider was not impressive, but we saw great consistency in serve. This is the biggest positive after the match with Thiago Siboth Wilde – during the test, the Pole played with great confidence in himself, and it seemed that he was confidently heading towards victory. Most importantly, he completed the procedures without any problems. The biggest advantage of the Wrocław native is that he does not let him down even in matches when his general condition is not the best.
However, the reaction is one of the few, if not the only, reasons to be happy after the Hurkacz match. It's possible that had he faced a more experienced opponent on Saturday, he would have had to leave the field as a loser. A better tennis player can take advantage of the weaker play of the Wrocław player. Such a competitor would be Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the representative of Spain.
There will be another chance
And on Sunday night into Monday, Hurkacz will get another chance to convince fans that he can lead Poland to the United Cup final. Iga Świątek's victories, even against the best opponents, may not be enough. The unusual format of the United Cup makes every victory count. A lot also depends on the element of luck and, above all, on experience in doubles.
Here, Hurkacz will be able to use his serve more. And if we take into account that Iga Świątek also worked hard to put the ball in play, there are reasons to look forward to more doubles matches involving the Polish duo.
The Reds and Whites have already beaten Brazil and know they will be playing against Spain to move up from first place. There, victory will rest with Hurkač, whose victory over Davidović Fokina will almost guarantee our team's qualification to the quarter-finals. This will be one of the most important matches of the entire tournament. If the Poles win Group A, they will play against the best runner-up team from the groups played in Perth. These may include, among others, the British, the Serbs and also… the Spaniards.
source:Onet Sports Review
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