Taylor Fritz took a key duel against Hubert Hurkacz (7-6(5), 7-6(5)) to decide the tie between the United States and Poland in the United Cup, giving the North American team the win.
A great game to open Saturday’s game in Sydney, the third leg of the tie U.S. y Polandin the semifinals of the series United Cup. The North American team starts with a clear 2-0 advantage after Tiafoe’s win against Zuk and Pegula’s against Swiatek.
Taylor Fritz He was looking to seal his team’s victory on this occasion and personally claim his third win of the tournament to put behind him a painful final defeat to Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie. An American who starts the season in the Top 10. Hubert Hurkacz He arrived in a situation similar to that of his rivals with two singles wins in the group stage and a loss against Matteo Berrettini in the Sydney final, but he played an important role in the mixed doubles.
They had two previous clashes where a Draw 1-1. Both matches were in mid-2019, with the last being in the first round of the Canadian Masters 1000, where Hurkacz won in straight sets.
Fritz, key to America’s victory
A match that, as expected, brought absolute equality from the first games. After a good level of service from both players, the first break opportunities would be in Fritz’s favor, although they could not be used. Leading 5-4, Hurkacz was unable to take advantage of the two set points he would have in the next game. With breaks undetermined, they went to a tiebreak. In a draw, Fritz took the set 7-5 in that game..
The same trend in the second set, although now all the pressure fell on the shoulders of the Polish tennis player, who had to force a comeback to keep his team alive in the competition. In fact, it was Hubi again who created the first break chance of the set, but was once again unable to convert. The second tiebreak of the match and the same result, the American sealed the win and the series in the second semifinal 7-5..