Hurkacz fight to beat Ruud in Montreal

Hubert Harkaz hits a forehand against Casper Ruud during the National Bank Open at IGA Stadium in Montreal on August 13, 2022. — Reuters pic

Sunday, August 14, 2022 07:18 MYT

LONDON, 14 August — Hubert Harkaz fended off a slow start, beating fourth seed Casper Ruud 5-7 6-3 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the ATP Montreal Masters.

The eighth-seeded Paul took two hours to beat his Norwegian opponent, who had only dropped one set in the past week.

Hurkacz finished with 47 winners, including 18 aces, and 19 unforced errors to earn his second match point.

He will face England’s Dan Evans or Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in his second Masters 1000 final.

“I was just trying to stay in the game. He was better in the first half of the set,” said the winner. “I just had to put up with it,” Furukaz, who played three sets in each match this week, said he didn’t feel physically strained.

“I feel good. I have energy,” he said. “So far so good.” Ruud and Furkacz traded breaks early on, but the Norwegian dominated in the first set and won the game with another service break.

He then tried to set the tone for the rest of the match, so he dealt more punishment by breaking Furukaz to Love in the second opening game.

However, Furkachu immediately fought back with a break to level the match set after set.

Furukaz quickly ran away in the deciding set, clinching a comeback victory after two serve breaks to take a 4-1 lead.

He avenged his loss to Ruud in the fourth round at Roland Garros two months ago.

“I tried to stay aggressive, look for opportunities and take every chance to get ahead in the rally and make him uncomfortable,” Furkaz said.

Hurkacz has his first five wins in the ATP Finals and would like to continue his winning streak.

“I’m just trying to compete as hard as I can and be well prepared (as much as possible).

“I was lucky to win the first few finals, but tomorrow is the rookie match. It’s going to be very tricky.”—AFP Hurkacz fight to beat Ruud in Montreal

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