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Shanghai Masters: Hubert Hurkacz battles past Andrey Rublev to clinch title

Hubert Hurkacz has now received seven tour-level titles, together with his triumph in Shanghai becoming a member of his Masters title win at Miami in 2021. AP

Shanghai: Hubert Hurkacz claimed his second Masters title in a dramatic last on the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, saving a match level earlier than prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8) in opposition to Andrey Rublev.

Like he did in his spectacular semifinal win over Sebastian Korda, the Polish participant’s serve was once more his strike weapon as he despatched down 21 aces and received greater than 80% of his first serve factors.

Hurkacz struck the primary blow of the ultimate with a forehand winner to interrupt Rublev within the sixth sport, which proved decisive in taking the opening set..

It was the primary set that the 25-year-old Russian participant had dropped within the match but it surely appeared to spur him on, because the No. 7-ranked participant discovered his vary within the second, hitting 16 winners to drive a decider.

Because the match tightened, Rublev saved one match level on serve at 4-5 earlier than taking a 5-2 benefit within the third set tiebreaker. Hurkacz responded by firing back-to-back aces earlier than forcing a Rublev error to degree at 5-5.

Rublev then earned a match level at 6-5, which Hurkacz saved, earlier than he transformed on his fourth probability to take the title after two hours and 9 minutes.

“It was such a battle,” Hurkacz stated. “Particularly emotionally. I had a match level and Andrey hit a tremendous serve after which he had a match level after which I had some match factors. It was backwards and forwards and such a difficult match. Andrey was taking part in some nice pictures. I used to be attempting to reply. It was a kind of matches and I saved believing and I’m tremendous pleased with how I managed on the finish.

“It is such a big tournament and so much tradition. It is a huge event and I am really happy now.”

The 26-year-old has now received seven tour-level titles, together with his triumph in Shanghai becoming a member of his Masters title win at Miami in 2021.

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