Hurkacz thrashes Medvedev for 2022 Halle Open title, sounds Wimbledon warning

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The Pole Hubert Gurkacz beat world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev 6:1, 6:4 to win the ATP 500 tournament on grass court.

The Pole Hubert Gurkacz beat world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev 6:1, 6:4 to win the ATP 500 tournament on grass court.

Pole Hubert Gurkacz demonstrated his success at Wimbledon when he scored tennis world number one Daniil Medvedev won the ATP 500 tournament on grass court with a score of 6:1, 6:4 Jerry Weber Stadium Halle, Germany.

World number 12 Gurkach defeated Medvedev and Roger Federer en route to the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and showed he will once again be a force to be reckoned with when the championship kicks off on June 27.

Halle is the 5th ATP singles champion for the 25-year-old Pole, and he has kept his record in finals unblemished so far thanks to his victory in just over an hour, when he converted his second match point with a backhand.

“Medvedev, who will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon due to a ban on Russian and Belarusian players, entered Sunday’s match without losing a set, while maintaining 22 of the 23 break points he faced in his four matches.”

“I’m very excited, I’ve been looking forward to my first title this year for a bit,” Hurkacs said during his victory speech. “I’m happy to win my first ATP 500 title and of course it’s special on grass.

“Daniil is an incredible player. He is the best player in the world, so it is very difficult to play with him. All the right punches went my way from the start, so I definitely got a lot of momentum from that.”

By contrast, it was the fifth straight title loss for Medvedev, who has not won a title since stripping Novak Djokovic of a calendar grand slam to win the 2021 US Open, his first major triumph.

But the Russian struggled to make his first serve as Gurkach quickly took a 5-0 lead with two breaks of his opponent’s serve.

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

However, Medvedev’s frustration didn’t end in the second set as the Pole interrupted the serve early again, continuing to dominate the rally both from the end of the court and as he advanced to the net.

Medvedev saved two service break points in the seventh game to stay close to Gurkach, but failed to recover a break against an opponent who didn’t give the Russian a single serve opportunity the whole match.

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