One more surprise. Hubert Hurkacz beat Stefanos Tsitsipas by 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 and advanced. The Pole needed two hours and nineteen minutes to get into the semifinals of the Miami Open, his first in a Masters 1000.
Tsitsipas’ defeat joins that of Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the same instance to Roberto Bautista Agut. A) Yes, two tennis players who from the previous one were expected at least in the semifinals, were left on the road.
The first set had a clear dominance. The Greek was solid with his right and capitalized most of the points from the net, a formula that later was diluted.
The key moment of the match was in the second set: Tsitsipas was 2-0 up and with a double break point that he could not close. Thus, the Pole recovered, raised the level of his game based on a great setback and stretched the name of the third semifinalist to a last set.
Hurkacz continued to the end with an efficient serve (he hit 15 aces) and, against cloudy skies in Miami, hit the ball: he beat the Greek for the second of the eight times they faced each other. In addition, the 37th in the world achieved an 80% effectiveness against Top 5 players on hard court (accumulates four wins over one loss) as well as added his sixth win against a Top 10.
The first semifinal already has a defined duel: Bautista Agut will face Jannik Sinner, which beat Alexander Bublik, while Hurkacz awaits for Andrey Rublev or Sebastian Korda.