Paal Hubert Hurkacz packs his rackets for the National Bank final

Worn Casper Ruud of Norway served 18 aces and struck 47 winners in Montreal on Saturday.

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Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz made his way to the National Bank Open tennis championship finals in Montreal on Saturday afternoon with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway.

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Serving 18 aces and hitting 47 winners, Hurkacz defeated Ruud in a shadow of over two hours to reach his second Masters 1000 final.

Eighth-seeded Hurkacz, the first Pole to reach the final of the Canadian Open since Wojtek Fibak lost to Guillermo Vilas in 1976, meets Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans 7-5, 5-7. 6 defeated. -3 in the semi-final of the evening. It is Carreno Busta’s first appearance in the Master 1000 final.

Ruud, who has a 31-2 record this season when he won the first set, let this match get away in the opening game of the third set when he was broken after a 40-0 lead. Hurkacz earned another break in the third game and crawled to victory in the third game.

Ruud led a set and an early break in the second set, but was unable to take advantage of his advantage.

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“It wasn’t like I was serving for the game or anything, but it’s frustrating when you feel like you’re in the lead, that you’re in control,” said Ruud. “Hubert made some really good returns there to break back. I had a double fault here, maybe a sloppy mistake there. Made stupid choices. I can blame myself for that.

“It’s frustrating, but Hubert is a great hard court player,” added Ruud. I think the first set didn’t go as I expected when he had a break. He kind of gave it away. The first set was a little surprising that I could win, to be honest. I didn’t expect to be in the 7-5, 1-0 position when I was 3-0 down in the first set. But he made some sloppy mistakes, then erased them a bit and played some nice winners and nice matches.”

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Perhaps the turning point was when Hurkacz broke for a 4-2 lead in the second set and the breaking point was more luck than beautiful. Hurkacz unleashed a forehand that hit the top of the net and trickled over.

“That was a lucky shot at an important moment,” admitted Hurkacz. “Sometimes it happens. But I was trying to be aggressive at the time, so I was happy that paid off. Of course I don’t mind hitting that tightrope, but it’s probably better to get a winner. That’s fine.”

The win brought Hurkacz to number 10 in the ATP rankings and if he wins on Sunday, he will jump to eighth place ahead of Russian Andrey Rublev and his good friend Félix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal.

The singles win marked the start of what formed as a long day for Hurkacz. He and fellow countryman Jan Zielinski would play a semifinal in doubles against Evans and Australian John Peers. Since Evans was involved in a singles game that started at 8pm, it was unlikely that the doubles would start before 11:30pm

In the first semi-final of the doubles, the third-seeded team of Dutchman Wesley Kolhoff and Neal Skupski from Great Britain defeated German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.

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