Hurkacz ousts Zverev to reach Halle final

By AFP
June 23, 2024
Second-seeded German Alexander Zverev appears pressured after falling in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-final of the Halle Open in Germany on June 22, 2024. — AFP

HALLE WESTFALEN: Second-seeded German Alexander Zverev fell in straight sets to Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-final of the Halle grass-court tournament on Saturday.

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Hurkacz won through 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in one-hour, 33-minute and will next play either world number one Jannik Sinner or China´s Zhang Zhizhen for the title in the pre-Wimbledon warm-up.

The fifth-seeded Pole, winner in Halle two years ago, will bid to win his second title of the season after on clay at Estoril in April.

"I´m really confident on my serve," said Hurkacz who fired 17 aces including 13 in the first set and saved all four break points he faced.

"It needed to be really good," said Hurkacz after his first win over Zverev in four meetings, most recently a three-set defeat in the United Cup final, a mixed team event before the Australian Open in Sydney. "That match that was a little bit sitting in the back in my mind," said Hurkacz.

"I was like, okay, not today. "He is such a good competitor and is playing good tennis, reaching the final at the French (Open) and playing at a really high level."

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