The Polish Hubert Hurkacz frustrated the number 1 in the world, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, and won the title of the Halle tournament by winning the final by 6-1 and 6-4, after just 63′ minutes of the game.
The Muscovite tennis player does not finish finding the path to success in this 2022, who returned to the top of the circuit at the beginning of the week. He lost the final of the Australian Open earlier in the season and just seven days ago in Den Bosch to unknown Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven. Now, in Halle, It was the Polish Hurkacz, 12th tennis player on the circuit, who deprived him of adding the 14th title in his career, the first of the season.
The happiness of the Polish Hubert Hurkacz on the lawn of the German Halle.
Medevedev, who had won two of the four previous meetings with the Pole, did not enter the match well. However, the only time they played on grass, at Wimbledon, and also the most recent, at the Miami Masters 1,000, they ended up on their rival’s side.
Daniil Medvedev’s gesture says it all. (AFP)
Hurkacz, who will be Top Ten from this Monday, was 4-0 at the start of the duel. A difference too big for anyone and that Medvedev was not able to channel. In the second, the Russian lost the kick-off. The player from Wroclaw did not waste it, who always remained safe with a service that he did not lose and closed the victory.
The ranking works in his favour. But…
The Pole is a guarantee in finals. Before Halle, the first to play this year, they had not lost any. In 2019 he won the Winstons Salem and last year the three he played, Delray Beach, Miami Masters 1,000 and Metz, always on hard court. He didn’t lose Halle’s either to enlarge his records and release his record in 2022.
Field invasion is everywhere…
Berretini took Queen’s
On the other hand, Italian Matteo Berrettini extended his dominance at Queen’s and repeated the title at the London club by beating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday. The transalpine, who has accumulated a record of 31 wins and only three losses on grass since 2019, revalidated the title won in 2021 and maintains the 500 points from last year, in another exhibition on grass that confirms him as one of the great candidates for Wimbledondespite the 12 weeks of unemployment that he suffered due to an operation on his wrist.
Matteo Berrettini lifted the trophy at the Queen’s Club Championships in London. (EFE)
Berrettini has not paid the absence in the whole tour of brick dust and He showed off on his favorite surface, where he has nine consecutive wins this year. The Italian has conquered the 250 in Stuttgart and has given it continuity with the victory at Queen’s, where he has become the fourth tennis player in the 21st century to repeat the title, along with Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.
Mirror, mirror… (EFE)
The Italian joins the illustrious list of double winners at the London tournament, alongside Murray, Marin Cilic, Roddick, Hewitt, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. In addition, he is the first tennis player in the Open Era (1968) to win the title in his first two appearances at Queen’s.
Berrettini serving on grass. (AFP)
With this result, Berrettini will be placed 11th in the rankinga position that will not last long, since the decision of the ATP not to award points at Wimbledon will prevent him from defending the 1,200 finalist of last edition and could fall beyond the Top 15. For his part, Krajinovic, who until this This week he had never won an ATP match on grass, he will rise to 31st place and will be on the verge of entering the top 30 in the world.