Medvedev Back Into Another Final; Hurkacz Halts Krygios In Halle
Daniil Medvedev is making the most of his Wimbledon-less grass season so far, reaching the final of both events this grass season. But the World No. 1 will hope to do a step better than last week’s Den Bosch disappointment by winning in Halle over Hubert Hurkacz.
Medvedev cruised into his 25th career final defeating German Oscar Otte 7-6(3), 6-3. Like a week ago, the Russian hasn’t dropped a set en route.
“I didn’t play well in Halle last year, so I’m happy that this year I managed to raise my level,” said Medvedev. “As I’ve always said, I love playing on grass, so I’m happy to show to myself that I’m capable of being in the final of one of the greatest tournaments, especially on grass, and of course I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
After Medvedev was broken for the first time all event, Otte had the set on his racquet but failed to serve out the first, double-faulting on set point.
“I was not playing good enough in the beginning of the match,” added Medvedev. “I was missing too many shots. The serve was actually not that bad, but I was missing way too many shots.
“I managed to change it by the end of the first set, especially in the tie-break. That’s when I started to miss less, play more aggressive and get depth on my ball. Second set I just continued throughout, and it was enough to break him one time and get the second set.”
Hurkacz stopped the streaky Nick Kyrgios in a thriller 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4). Hurkacz made the Wimbledon semifinals last year and showed he’s a legitimate threat on grass. Today, he didn’t even break serve.
“One or two shots,” Hurkacz said of the difference. “Definitely super close. Nick played a really, really great match. He’s a great player, so it was definitely a super tough one.”
Medvedev and Hurkacz have split four meetings but the Pole is a perfect 4-0 in finals.
“When you play in the finals, you always want to get the big trophy,” Hurkacz said. “It’s always super exciting to be part of the last match of the tournament.
“I really enjoy playing on grass courts. Of course Daniil is No. 1 in the world. I’ve never beaten a No. 1 in the world before. It’s going to be a tough one but I’ll try to enjoy it and play as good as I can.”
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