ATP Masters Paris-Bercy: Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals

Hubert Hurkacz Stay in the quarter-final duel with the Australian James Duckworth He resolved his nerve and ticket to the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris-Bercy in three sets. With this said, the pole also marked his start in the Nitto ATP Finals.

by Michael Rochadel

Last modified: November 5, 2021, 04:28 PM

Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals at Paris Bercy
Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals at Paris Bercy

During the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris-Bercy, one race that has been the focus so far: that after the last remaining starting places for the Nitto ATP Finals, which will take place from 14-21 November as the last event of the season is in the program for 2021. Two centers of the prestigious tournament, which will be held in Turin for the first time this year, were still among the nominees. The first of these was secured by Casper Rudd at the start of the week after Cameron Norrie’s surprise failure for Taylor Fritz.

Now the last place in Turin has been decided, Hubert Hurkacz is allowed to extend his season planning after his tough quarter-final win over Australian James Dorkworth. Pole starts for the first time in the top eight final of a calendar year. Against Duckworth, Hurkacz managed an early break in the first set at Paris Bercy, followed by another later and proved the group win after almost exactly half an hour with a 6.2.

Hurkacz keeps his cool

The second pass was more balanced at first, and Duckworth was able to hold the first three serve games of the group. The Australian should break a mid-set break, but Hurkacz knew how to equalize it right away. That didn’t change the direction in which Duckworth improved in the match: the Australian managed to equalize in the tiebreak.

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On the decision set, it looked like another short decision, when Hurkacz, with a score of 6:5, once again began to create a crucial break. With a great backhand compliment, the Pole finally completed match point number three and thus bought a ticket to the semi-finals. This means Hurkacz could also serve in the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in his career.

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