Hubert Hurkacz becomes the first Polish man to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals!

Hubert Hurkacz qualified for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time in his career. The world number 9 was opposed to the sensation of the tournament: France’s Arthur Cazaux. All (Polish) eyes are now on him after the elimination of Iga Świątek and Magdalena Fręch. 

The Frenchman Arthur Cazaux took the lead early on by breaking (3-1), but Hurkacz fought back and forced a tie-break, in which he quickly took the lead (5-2). Cazaux tried to turn the tide, but eventually lost the first set (8-6). 

The second set was extremely tight. Cazaux saved four break points at 3-3 and pushed his opponent to another decider. Once more, things turned to the advantage of the Pole, who prevailed with more ease this time (7-3). 

There was no coming back from that moment on. Hubi broke immediately and sealed the deal in cruise control (6-4). The giant Silesian will face the Russian Daniil Medvedev for a place in the final four on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. No matter the outcome of this match, the Pole is already assured of reaching the highest ATP ranking of his career, namely the top 8. 

Hubi is the last Pole standing when it comes to the singles competition. In the doubles category, another Pole, Jan Zieliński, is eying the semi-finals in two different categories. In the men’s doubles, Zieliński defeated Lloyd Glasspool and Jean-Julien Rojer in a three-set thriller (3-6; 6-4; 7-6) together with his partner Hugo Nys. Their next opponents will be the Germans Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer. 

Along with Su-Wei Hsieh, the Pole also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in the mixed doubles category after defeating Demi Schuurs and… the very same Hugo Nys! Zieliński and his Taiwanese partner will now face Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Kevin Krawietz.

 

Image: X (@HubertHurkacz)

Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

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