Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz gets the better of second seed Daniil Medvedev to make his first grand slam quarterfinal. In a match which was postponed due to rain to the next day, Hurkacz staged a perfect comeback to win in five sets 2-6,7-6(2),3-6,6-3,6-3. Hurkacz’s best grand slam performance before this tournament was a third round outing at Wimbledon 2019.
Aiming for a maiden Wimbledon quarterfinal too, Medvedev started the match on Manic Monday with a bang. Hurkacz looked nervous on his fourth round debut and Medvedev took full advantage of it. He was quick to take a double break’s lead and ran away with the opening set 6-2. But Hurkacz’s serves seemed to settle coming into the second set. He was serving very well and at times dictating rallies from the baseline.
The second set was the most tightly fought and went into a tiebreaker. Medvedev succumbed to pressure and handed Hurkacz some free points. The Pole dropped just 2 points and won the tiebreaker. But Medvedev wasn’t going to give up yet. He had all the answers for the Pole’s groundstrokes and won the third set 6-3 after a decisive break of serve. Both the players raised their game in the fourth set and were on serve before rain hit and play was suspended due to rain.
Hurkacz stages perfect comeback
The resumption on the next day on centre court saw a fired up Pole. He was serving flawlessly and wasn’t making unforced errors. On the other hand, Medvedev seemed very cold and wasn’t able to keep his serve in place. He got broken right away and Hurkacz won the set 6-3.
The world no.2 couldn’t get going and had no answers to Hurkacz’s style of play. It looked like he forgot how to beat the Pole and Hurkacz’s flawless gameplay wasn’t helping him either. He was broken again and was trailing 1-3. The 14th seed was acryying all the momentum he needed and broke Medvedev in the last game to take the set 6-3 and complete an amazing comeback.