Hubert Hurkacz faced a formidable opponent in Sebastian Korda in a captivating start to his ATP campaign in Paris. The first-round showdown witnessed an intense battle that spanned three sets, ultimately culminating in Hurkacz’s victory at 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
The Polish player wasted no time asserting his dominance. He confidently held his serve and made a crucial breakthrough by claiming Korda’s. Even when Korda applied added pressure during Hurkacz’s service games, the Pole responded with remarkable composure, sometimes enjoying a stroke of luck, thanks to the net. Securing a single gem on Korda’s serve was sufficient, as Hurkacz refused to yield any of his own service games. He maintained his composure throughout the set, ultimately capturing it with a convincing 6-3 score.
The second set saw Korda upping the ante with his serves, making it a challenging task for Hurkacz to make inroads. Despite this, Hurkacz continued to assert his dominance during his own service games. Hurkacz He secured a stunning lead, propelling himself toward a break advantage. However, his momentum hit a roadblock when he unexpectedly lost his serve at 5-4. The set culminated in a gripping tie-break, during which Hurkacz mounted an extraordinary comeback from a 0-5 deficit. Unfortunately, despite holding a match point, his tenacious opponent managed to fend him off and clinched the set at 8-6.
During the latter stages of the second set, the Polish tennis player found himself battling Korda. Fortunately, his serves remained a stronghold, though breaking his opponent’s serve proved to be an arduous task.
The game unfolded gem by gem, until a pivotal moment arrived. At 4-3, Hurkacz managed to break Korda’s serve and subsequently served for the match. This time, he made no mistake, securing the set 6-3 and clinching the entire match in three sets.
🇵🇱 ZWYCIĘSKI THRILLER HUBERTA HURKACZA! Polak pokonał Sebastiana Kordę 6:3, 6:7(6), 6:3 i wciąż zachowuje szanse na udział w Nitto ATP Finals. W drugiej rundzie ATP Masters 1000 w Paryżu zagra z Roberto Bautistą Agutem.— Z kortu – informacje tenisowe | Tennis news (@z_kortu) October 31, 2023
🇬🇧 HUBERT HURKACZ WINS AFTER THRILLER! Hubert Hurkacz beats… pic.twitter.com/Kd89q0i2QP
Looking ahead to the 2nd round of the Paris tournament, Hubert Hurkacz is set to face the formidable Roberto Bautista-Agut.
Hubert Hurkacz – Sebastian Korda 2-1 (6-3, 7-6, 6-3)