ATP Cup: Poland beat Argentina to reach semifinal

It was Hurkacz, who sealed the tie for Poland with a convincing 6-1, 6-4 win against Diego Schwartzman.

Hubert Hurkacz in a file photo; Credit: ATP Tour Twitter

Hubert Hurkacz and Kamil Majchrzak continued to roll in the new season, as the duo helped Poland overcome Argentina to send their country into the semifinals of the ATP Cup in Sydney. It was Hurkacz, who sealed the tie for Poland with a convincing 6-1, 6-4 win against Diego Schwartzman. Hurkacz – 2021 Nitto ATP Finals competitor – managed to save all three break points he faced, as he steamrolled on his way to winning the match after one hour and 21 minutes. “So happy for our team, for Team Poland. We’re in the semis, so super proud of that achievement,” Hurkacz said. “We’re a great team. We have great team spirit. We support each other. I think the atmosphere that we bring helps us play better.”

The 24-year-old was at the front foot from the word go as he used his big serve to stay on top against Schwartzman. He won the first set comfortably without much trouble. Then, he survived a tight second set before earning a deciding break to win the match comfortably. “He fights for every ball. I had a couple of chances, but he was playing pretty solid points during that break points,” Hurkacz said. “You knew you have to put up something, you have to play a great shot to beat him.”

It is to be noted that Hurkacz and Majchrzak, who defeated Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 at the singles match, have dropped just one set in singles this week. Szymon Walkow and Jan Zielinski completed a 3-0 sweep for Poland with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni. On Friday evening, Poland will play the winner of Group A. 

Who said what?

“Super proud of Kamil. That’s the biggest win in his career. It’s great in the beginning of the year. He for sure did an amazing preseason and super proud of him,” Hurkacz said. “The way he competed today, the way he was resilient, even though he was a break up, then he got broken back. But he still kept being positive and fighting.”

On the other hand, Majchrzak said, “It was very difficult. Everyone could see it. I was twice a break up in the second set and I couldn’t close the match. It was very connected with the emotions and with the big fight of Federico. It was a very difficult game from the beginning until the end. It was a very intense match and I’m very happy that at the end I managed to win the last point.”

“I’m trying not to look at the rankings. I was trying to look at Federico and make my plan and make my game to [find] the best possible way to beat him,” Majchrzak said. “I managed to do it. I was watching his matches, so I was ready. My ranking maybe is out of the Top 100, but I feel like I belong in the Top 100 and more, so I’m going for it now.”

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