Hurkacz lifts his third ATP title of 2021

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Hubert Hurkacz has continued his major breakthrough year with a third title in Metz.
Camera IconHubert Hurkacz has continued his major breakthrough year with a third title in Metz. Credit: AP

Top seed Hubert Hurkacz has clinched his third title of the year, and fourth win in four finals, as he beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 in the Moselle Open decider in Metz.

The 24-year-old Pole did not drop a set in winning the indoor hardcourt tournament in Metz for the first time on Sunday.

The Wimbledon semi-finalist - and the last player to have faced 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals before the tennis great's knee surgery - sent down nine aces but dropped serve twice against his second-seeded opponent.

Hurkacz had to rally from a break down in the first set before starting to dictate more from the baseline against the big-hitting Spaniard, breaking his serve four times.

"Pablo is an amazing player, so playing against him in the final here is something special," Hurkacz said.

"I needed to raise my level to play my best to be able to compete with him and today I came out on top."

Hurkacz's other titles this year came at Delray Beach and the Miami Masters, on outdoor hard courts.

Hurkacz started the week ninth in the ATP Race To Turin and boosted his chances of qualifying for the end of season ATP Finals, to be held in northern Italy on November 14-21.

He then capped a fine Sunday by winning the doubles final with countryman Jan Zielinski, the pair beating Hugo Nys and Arthur Rinderknech 7-5 6-3.

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