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National Bank Open: Hubert Hurkacz stuns Casper Ruud in semis

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland defeated fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Hubert Hurkacz, of Poland, celebrates his victory over Casper Ruud, of Norway, during the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Montreal. (AP)

Eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland beat fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday in the National Bank Open semifinals.

He will meet Pablo Carreno Busta in Sunday’s title clash after the Spaniard battled nearly three hours to eke out a 7-5 6-7(7) 6-2 victory against Briton Dan Evans in the second semi-final.

The 6-foot-5 Hurkacz had 18 aces and came to the net regularly.

“I think I found a good rhythm and I was making the right decisions,” Hurkacz said.

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Ruud beat Hurkacz in their lone previous meeting in the fourth round in the French Open this year.

“I didn’t expect to be in the 7-5, 1-0 position when I was 3-0 down in the first set,” Ruud said.

“But he (made) some sloppy mistakes, then he kind of erased those and played some beautiful winners and beautiful games.”

First published on: 14-08-2022 at 09:26:44 am
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