Hubert Hurkacz remains perfect in ATP finals as he topples Carreno Busta for Metz crown

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz improved to 4-0 in ATP finals by taking down Spain’s Pablo Carreno in the Metz final. Hurkacz also claimed the doubles title.

Hubert Hurkacz Metz

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz is making a habit out of raising trophies in 2021. The 24-year-old world No 13 claimed his third ATP title of 2021 on Sunday at the Moselle Open in Metz, defeating Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, 7-6(2), 6-3.

Hurkacz, this year’s Miami Masters champion, improves to 4-0 lifetime in ATP titles with his triumph.

Hurkacz rallied from a break down in the opening set and claimed the stanza by reeling off the final five points of the tiebreak to take a one set to love lead. In the second set the Pole took command and won the final four games to clinch his title in one hour and 21 minutes.

“Pablo is an amazing player, so playing against him in the final here is something special,” Hurkacz said in his on-court interview. “I needed to raise my level to play my best to be able to compete with him and today I came out on top and I am super, super happy about this.”

Hurkacz ranks fifth on tour in titles in 2021, behind only Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev.

Closing in on Turin

Hurkacz started this week in ninth place in the Race to Turin. The rising star has a very good shot to make the eight-player field, which will not include Rafael Nadal, who is currently seventh in the race.

Double Trouble

Hurkacz also claimed the doubles title with fellow Pole, Jan Zielinski, 7-5, 6-3, over France’s Hugo Nys and Arthur Rinderknech. The Pole now has two carer doubles titles, and becomes the first player to sweep singles and doubles in Moselle Open history. Hurkacz and Zielinski were playing their first tour-level even together.

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