Medvedev and Hurkacz in the final in Halle: the title of the season is chasing the first one

In the semifinal the number 1 overcomes Otte 7-6 6-3, canceling a set point. The Pole comes back from the disadvantage of a set against the Kyrgios loose cannon and wins 4-6 7-6 7-6

It will be the hunt for the first title of the season for Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz, tomorrow in the final at the ATP 500 in Halle. The number one in the world rankings confirmed the state of form of the last few weeks by imposing himself in an hour and 37 minutes on the home player Oscar Otte (no. 51 Atp). In the opening run, the Russian, trailing 3-5, canceled a set point by postponing everything to the tie-break, before closing with a score of 7-6 (3) 6-3. “I made too many mistakes, I didn’t get a good start,” Medvedev admitted after the race. “However, I was able to change that by the end of the first set. During the tiebreak I started making fewer mistakes, playing more aggressively and gaining depth. Then in the second I found more continuity and a break was enough to close “. For the Muscovite, this is the second consecutive final in Germany after the one he lost in Hertogenbosch last Sunday against Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven. “I didn’t play well in Halle last year, so I’m happy to have managed to raise the level on this occasion”, the memories of his debut release in 2021. “I love playing on grass, I’m showing myself the same of being able to go all the way to such important events. I can’t wait for tomorrow “.

THE OTHER SEMIFINAL

On the other side of the field tomorrow Medvedev will find the fifth favorite of the board Hubert Hurkacz, who has recovered the disadvantage of a set to the Australian Nick Kyrgios, eliminated for 4-6 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4), at the end of 2 hours and 3 minutes of the game. In a match dominated by services, what made the difference was Hurkacz’s performance in the decisive set, where he totaled 92% of points won with the former. Little consolation for Kyrgios is the fact that he never lost the serve, also hitting 30 with the aces (27, instead, those of Hubi). For Hurkacz this is the fifth final in his career at the ATP level and the first of the season.

PREVIOUS

Between Medvedev and Hurkacz it will be the fifth clash in his career. The precedents recorded two victories on each side, with the Pole winning the last direct clash, staged on the Miami fast in the quarter-finals (7-6 6-3, the score). Hurkacz also went to the only previous one on grass, played in 2021 in the round of 16 in Wimbledon. 2-6 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3 6-3, the score at the end of five hard-fought sets.

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