Hurkacz downs Sinner, wins maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open
The start of the match was a shaky one by Sinner who made some unforced errors losing his serve in the process. Hurkacz took the 3-0 lead but the Italian true to his never-give-up attitude came back to make it 3-3. He was playing extremely aggressively and once he started hitting his winners it was over for Hurkacz.
The Polish player held his ground for a while thanks to some solid serving but ultimately Sinner took control of the rallies with his sensational baseline play. Overpowering Hurkacz, he broke him to take a 6-5 lead.
It appeared the opening set was his but 3 unforced errors and a double fault later he found himself playing a tiebreak. In it, he completely got outplayed by Hurkacz who seized on the momentum-shifting rebreak late in the set. Several bad misses by Sinner practically gave away the set he was slated to win.
The 2nd set continued a similar trend for the young Italian but things got worse rather quickly. Entering the 2nd set visibly nervous Sinner was making more and more mistakes. Midway through the set he already accumulated over 30 unforced errors which were a direct consequence of his super aggressive play.
Hurkacz boosted by the first set win played much better making fewer mistakes and hitting some winners of his own. All of that contributed to the Polish player taking a double break lead in the 2nd set 4-0. A lapse in focus from Hurkacz allowed Sinner to pull one break back.
The key game was played at 5-4 for Hurkacz with the Polish player serving for the set. Sinner had a decent chance in that game but two bad misses were too costly to overcome. A bit under two hours was enough for Hurkacz to win his maiden Masters title at the Miami Open 2021.