Hurricane defeated Medvedev for the Halle title, Wimbledon warns

Tennis – ATP 500 – Halle Open – Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany – June 19, 2022 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz celebrates with the trophy after winning his last match against Russia Daniil Medvedev REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay

Poland’s Hubert Hurkatz showed his Wimbledon credentials on Sunday, defeating world number one Daniel Medvedev 6-1 6-4 to win the ATP 500 on grass in Halle, Germany.

World No. 12 Hurricane defeated Medvedev and Roger Federer on the way to last year’s Wimbledon semifinals and has shown that he will once again be a force to be reckoned with when the championship kicks off on June 27.

Halle is the ATP’s fifth singles title for the 25-year-old Pole, and he kept his record in the finals so far with his victory in just over an hour when he turned his second match point with a backhand volley.

“I am very excited, I was waiting a bit for my first (title) this year,” Hurkach said during his victory speech. “I am happy to have won my first ATP 500 title and of course the grass is very special.

“Daniel is an amazing player. He is the best player in the world, so it is very difficult to play with him. All the right shots went in the way in the beginning, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that. ”

In contrast, it was the fifth consecutive defeat in a championship match for Medvedev, who has not won a title since denouncing Novak Djokovic off the Grand Slam calendar to win the US Open 2021 for his first major triumph.

The game was stopped briefly during the final when a protester ran onto the court and tried to tie himself to the net before being abducted by security.

Earlier this month, an environmental activist broke the semifinals of the French Men’s Open between Marin Cilic and Casper Ruud by 15 minutes when she jumped on the court of Philippe Chatrie and tied up and stuck to the net.

Medvedev, who will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon due to his ban on Russian and Belarusian players, entered Sunday’s match without missing a set, while saving 22 of the 23 breakout points he faced during the four your match.

But the Russian struggled to make his first serve, while Hurkacz jumped to a 5-0 lead in no time with two breakthroughs on his opponent’s pass.

Medvedev finally held his serve at 1-5 before Hurkacz finished the first set in 27 minutes.

However, there was no end to Medvedev’s disappointment in the second set, as the Pole once again interrupted his serve early, continuing to dominate the playoffs both from the back of the court and as he advanced to the net.

Medvedev saved two breakpoints to keep service in the seventh game to stay close to Hurkach, but could not return the break against his opponent, who did not allow the Russian a single chance with his own delivery throughout the match.

“Today I served quite well and got a little momentum from the first game,” added Hurkatz.

“I saved a few pairs on my serve and then I managed to break through Daniel’s serve, so I definitely got some momentum. “I am very happy to have won in front of such a large audience here.”

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