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Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
17:17 PM

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz has claimed his maiden ATP Masters title at the Miami Open, defeating Italian Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4 to claim the title.

The 26th seed spent almost half of last year training in Miami, and it has proved pivotal. Acclimatised to the Miami heat, Hurkacz proved unstoppable en route to his second title in 2021, and his third in his career.

“Last year I spent here almost half a year,” Hurkacz said.

“I was practising in the hottest weather during the spring and summer here, so I think that helped me a lot playing now in Florida, especially in these pretty tough conditions here, because it was a little bit slow here. The wind was blowing from side to side sometimes, so it’s huge.” 

With the win, the Pole has jumped over 20 spots in the rankings to a career high 16.

At the Sardegna Open in Cagliari, Italy, Australian Matthew Ebden was defeated in the first round of qualifying, falling to German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 2-6, 3-6.

At Challenger level, Aussie Akira Santillan advanced to the final round of qualifying for the Split Open Challenger, with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) win over Frenchman Tak Khunn Wang.

Santillan will face Serb Miljan Zekic for a spot in the main draw.

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