Stefanos Tsitsipas is beaten as Miami Open prepares to crown a new champion

Hubert Hurkacz fought off two match points to grind past Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6 6-3 6-4 and into the Miami Open semi-finals.

Poland’s Hurkacz pulled back from the brink to see off second seed Tsitsipas, for an eighth straight win in Florida this year.

This turnaround victory proved just Hurkacz’s second tour win over his Greek foe, and one in which he struck 15 aces en route to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final.

Hurkacz won the Delray Beach Open in January, and has continued to enjoy his time in the sunshine state in 2021.

After slipping 2-6 0-2 behind and facing two match points, Hurkacz cut out the unforced errors, boosted his power game and won six out of seven games to level the match at one set apiece.

A crucial break midway through the decisive set then allowed the Polish competitor to edge to victory for a semi-final.

“It is so big to be in my first Masters 1000 semi-final, especially in front of the crowd here in Miami,” said Hurkacz. “It is a super big win for me and I can’t wait for the next match.

I was trying to keep fighting and that’s what I did. I am super pumped and happy that I was able to turn this match around.

He was returning very well and I had to play a lot of rallies. At the beginning of the match, I tried to go for too much, so then I was trying to adapt my game a little bit.”

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