Preview 2024 Halle Open Final: Jannik Sinner targets first grass-court title, faces Hurkacz in final showdown

Saturday, 22 June 2024 at 22:30
The world No. 1 Jannik Sinner will seek his fourth title of the 2024 season at the Halle Open when he faces 5th seed Hubert Hurkacz (No. 9) in his final match before Wimbledon.
The Italian entered the tournament as the top seed and has not had an easy path through the draw. In the semifinals, he delivered a strong performance against Zhang Zhizhen, securing his first straight-sets victory. On the other hand, Hurkacz had an impressive semifinal outing, defeating world No. 4 Alexander Zverev.

Sinner set to challenge Hurkacz for fourth 2024 title

In his first tournament as No. 1, the Italian has shown strong form on the grass swing. Sinner boasts 37 wins in 40 matches this season, with three titles, including his maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open. This will be his first grass-court final of his career.
The 22-year-old had a tough semifinal encounter, taking one hour and 40 minutes to overcome Zhang Zhizhen. With over 80% first serves in, he virtually did not allow his opponent a chance to threaten his service and saved the only break point against him while capitalizing on his sole break opportunity.
"It means a lot. I had four very tough matches to go to the final," Sinner said in his post-match interview. "It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday and that's exactly what I needed today. I'm happy and let's see what's coming tomorrow."
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Jannik Sinner with his first Grand Slam trophy in 2024 Australian Open.
Now he faces his first challenge against a top-10 opponent in the tournament. Hurkacz has demonstrated in previous years that he becomes particularly strong on grass with his excellent service and holds a 2-2 head-to-head record against Sinner, backed by a strong present on the Tour as he will reach his career-best ranking of world No. 7 on Monday.
The Polish player defeated the second seed, Alexander Zverev, in the semifinals with a score of 7-6(2), 6-4. The 2022 champion seeks to repeat his title in Halle and arrive at Wimbledon with maximum confidence.
Hurkacz expressed confidence ahead of the final against Sinner: "I am really confident on my serve. I am serving really good. There were some moments but I managed to believe in my game and hit some good serves and good shots, so I stayed pretty calm."
At 27 years old, he will play his 11th tour-level final in his fifth encounter against Sinner, with the opportunity to become the fourth player to win more than one title in Halle, following Tommy Haas (2-time champion), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (3-time champion), and Roger Federer (10-time champion).

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