Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz has won the biggest title of his career, ending the dazzling run of teenager Jannik Sinner with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 triumph in the Miami Open final.
The 24-year-old, who won the Delray Beach title in January also in Florida, took an even bigger step forward in his burgeoning career on Sunday with a win that is projected to elevate him to a career-high 16th in next week’s world rankings.
Currently ranked 37th, he beat two top-10 opponents in the same tournament for the first time and looked poised playing his first Masters final.
Having beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev on his way to the final, Hurkacz now becomes the lowest-ranked Masters champion since Tomas Berdych in Paris in 2005.
In the first set, Hurkacz raced to a 3-0 lead, briefly fell behind and then played a solid tiebreaker, closing it out by winning a 25-stroke rally.
Sinner, the brilliant 19-year-old prospect who was playing in just his third Masters tournament, wobbled when serving for the first set at 6-5 and ended up being broken at love.
After losing the tiebreak, he was then broken again twice more to fall behind 4-0 in the second set.
Hurkacz returned well and broke four times in all as he celebrated becoming Poland’s first Masters champion.
The matchup in the final was a surprise even though Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem had skipped the tournament.
Among those failing to capitalise on their absence were top-seeded Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Hurkacz’s victims, Tsitsipas and Rublev.