‘I was trying to stay in the game’ – Hurkacz on key to winning against Ruud


Hubert Hurkacz was in deep trouble when Casper Ruud broke him early in the second set, but the Polish player hung on and emerged victorious.

It was a very interesting match between Ruud and Hurkacz, with the Norwegian seeming to control most of it. It certainly looked like that when Ruud was leading 1-0 with a 7-5 first set in hand as well. Hurkacz would keep pushing and stay in the game, which proved to be crucial:

“I was trying to stay in the game. Casper was playing really amazing tennis and he was the best player at the start, especially for the first set and a half. I was trying to stay in the game and hang in there to compete as well as possible.

Hurkacz won all of his matches in straight sets and played the doubles event which saw him exit in the semi-finals. It’s a lot of tennis but Hurkacz feels good physically:

Its good. Physically I feel fine. I have worked a lot these last weeks. So far, so good!”

Turning his attention to the final, Hurkacz admitted it would be tricky:

“Finals are always very tricky. The best players in every half are playing there, so obviously whoever I’m going to play will have a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence. It’s just going to be a super tough battle.

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