Hubert Hurkacz defeated world number one Daniil Medvedev in the Halle Open final on Sunday and strengthened his credentials as a Wimbledon candidate.
With his powerful serve, the Pole take just 64 minutes to dispatch 6-1, 6-4 to Medvedev to capture his first grass-court tournament title. “I’m ecstatic,” she said.
Hurkacz reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and appears invigorated after a campaign in Halle in which he defeated defending champion Ugo Humbert, US Open semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nick Kyrgios at a good level.
The Pole became the seventh man in the open era to be victorious in his first five singles finals, as reported by the ATP tour. I will be number 10 in the ranking from Monday.
Medvedev lost his second straight final on grass. The Russian had just lost to Tim van Rijthoven, then number 205 in the rankings, last week in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Medvedev, who will not be able to play at Wimbledon this year because the All England Club bans tennis players from Russia and its ally Belarus for the invasion of Ukraine, was 13-12 in finals of the tour, but 0-5 since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in September.