It was a very strange match that saw the players squeeze in two tiebreak sets in about 80 minutes which demonstrated the incredible pace of play. Kyrgiso particularly waited only a few seconds between his points rushing to finish off points quickly. Back issues were the reason for his increased pace of play and eventually, they got the better of him.
He lost focus in the final set bowing out 1-6:
“Nick has been playing some incredible tennis throughout the past weeks, so it is a pleasure playing against him. I hope the fans enjoyed it as well, but I am happy with the result in the end.”
Hurkacu was afare of the physical issues of Kyrgios and he stayed on point waiting to see what will happen:
“I started really well. Nick was maybe a little bit injured, which might have hurt his serve. With both of us serving so well, that few per cent can make the difference."
Up next for Hurkacu is Casper Ruud who leads him 1-0 in their H2H matchups. The Pole is the only remaining ATP 1000 champion in the draw.