The ATP Miami Open ended yesterday in a surprising twist. Many may not be surprised at Hurkacz defeated Jannik Sinner to win the Masters final in Miami.
With several marquee names like Rublev, Bautista Agut, among others out already, it was the time for underdogs – some say, brand new winner to get their hands on the trophy.
Hurkacz completed a perfect week with a 7-6 (7-4) win over 19-year-old Jannik Sinner on a postcard-perfect sunny day.
Before the match, top-rated pundits believed Sinner would win because he faced a better competitor in his quest for the trophy. Besides that, he ranks higher than his counterparts in the tour ranking.
Hurkacz 24; however, unpopular dazzled spectators as he showed he has what it takes to make it far in the game. He reached yesterday’s final match against Sinner after defeating No. 6 seed Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic (12) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (2)
“I am super, super happy that I was able to lift that biggest trophy of my life so far, so that’s something special for me,” he said.
On Sunday, Hurkacz won the initial three games, Sinner won the following three and got an opportunity to serve for the set at 6-5 yet couldn’t hold tight. Hurkacz broke him, forced a tiebreaker and took a 4-0 lead in the next set.
After the match, Sinner called Hurkacz “possibly my dearest companion on tour.” The two players met when Hurkacz was playing Challenger in Italy. They have drilled together and played double this season.