Hurkacz powers Poland into ATP Cup semis


SYDNEY:

World quantity 9 Hubert Hurkacz powered Poland into the ATP Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, overwhelming Argentina’s in-form Diego Schwartzman to make sure his nation turned the primary to e book a last-four berth.

Both nations went into the tie in Sydney unbeaten in Group D, profitable earlier clashes with Greece and Georgia, to make their showdown a winner-takes-all battle.

Poland’s world quantity 117 Kamil Majchrzak arrange his group for victory with a gutsy 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory in opposition to Federico Delbonis, who’s ranked 73 locations increased.

That left 2021 Miami Open champion Hurkacz needing to beat 13th-ranked Schwartzman, and he did so in type, racing to a 6-1, 6-Four victory in 81 minutes.

“So happy for Team Poland, we are in the semis and super proud of that achievement,” mentioned Hurkacz, who despatched down 12 aces and gained 85 % of his first-serve factors.

“We are a great team, have great team spirit, and support each other and I think the atmosphere that we bring helps us play better.”

It was one other strong win for Hurkacz after a career-best 2021 garnered three ATP Tour titles, as he warms up for the Australian Open which begins on January 17. Schwartzman had surprised world quantity 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday.

Majchrzak has been a more-than-competent second singles participant, having fun with probably the greatest weeks of his profession with three wins in a row.

“It was very connected with the emotions and with the big fight of Federico. It was a very difficult game from the beginning until the end,” he mentioned.

“My ranking maybe is out of the top 100, but I feel like I belong in the top 100 and more, so I’m going for it now,” he added.

Roberto Bautista Agut led Spain, runners-up to Serbia on the inaugural match in 2020, might additionally make semi-finals in the event that they beat Dusan Lajovic’s Serbia in a night Group A tie.

Only the highest nation from every of the 4 teams progresses to the knockouts.

The winner between Daniil Medvedev‘s defending champions Russia or the Matteo Berrettini-led Italy, final 12 months’s finalists, may also make the semi-finals after they meet on Thursday in Group B.

The final result of Group C is extra sophisticated with all 4 groups — Britain, Canada, Germany, and the United States — nonetheless in rivalry. They additionally play on Thursday.

Norway and Chile have been already out of the hunt, making their conflict Wednesday about pleasure.

World quantity eight Casper Ruud ensured he ended the match on a profitable observe by beating Chilean Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-1 after his team-mate Viktor Durasovic misplaced in three units to Alejandro Tabilo.

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