Nothing is simple for Hubert Hurkacz in Montreal, forced at each of his turns to push in the third set. But after battling against Emil Ruusuvuori, saving a match point against Albert Ramos, and knocked out Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finalsthe Pole reached his second Masters 1000 final after that of Miami, which he won in 2021.
Led 7-5,1-0 break against Casper Ruud, Hurkacz had the merit of not losing the thread of this semi-final. Not exuberant but hard-hitting, he was able to derail a Norwegian who, since 2021, had however lost only one match (out of 69) when he won the first set. Hard-hitting returns, relentless desire to serve and volley on his second ball so as not to give rhythm to his opponent (37 net attacks in total) and obviously great service success (18 aces, 81% of points won on first balls despite an average percentage of 53%), the ingredients were there.
But Casper Ruud never really recovered from the first game of the third set. While leading 40-0, he ended up being broken on a very happy let return… In the final, Hubert Hurkacz will face the winner of the match between Dan Evans and Pablo Carreno-Busta. The Pole, who has won five titles in his career, has never lost in the final.