M 1000 SHANGHAI. CHINA
Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz has secured the second ATP Masters 1000 title of his career by defeating Russian Andrey Rublev in the final of the Shanghai tournament in China on Sunday (6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8)).
Hurkacz, ranked 17th in the world, even saved a match point in the tenth game of the final set, where he pushed it to a tie-break to emerge victorious after two hours and nine minutes of play.
In this way, Hurkacz becomes the seventh active player with multiple ATP Masters 1000 titles in singles, adding the Shanghai title to his victory in Miami, USA in 2021. He follows in the footsteps of Carlos Alcaraz (4), Alexander Zverev (5), Daniil Medvedev (6), Andy Murray (14), Rafael Nadal (36), and Novak Djokovic (39).
Furthermore, he advances in the Race to Turin to compete in the ATP Finals for the second time in his career – he previously participated in the 2021 edition.
This marks the seventh title for the Polish player, the second of the year, with this being the second time he has won a Masters 1000 category tournament after his victory in Miami in 2021.
Throughout the earlier rounds, Hurkacz defeated Australian Kokkinakis, Taiwanese Hsu, Chinese Zhang, Hungarian Marozsan, and American Sebastian Korda.
Rublev and Hurkacz had previously faced each other four times, with two victories for each – the last two being won by the Russian – so this score is now in favor of the tournament champion.