Hurkacz pushes back Korda to take title from Delray Beach

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Fourth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz sealed his Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com debut by lifting his first trophy of the year after defeating #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda in the final on Wednesday.

Hurkacz, No. 35 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, arrived in South Florida to win his second TBEN title and his first since the 2019 Open Winston-Salem. The Pole hasn’t lost a set all week and only needed 68 minutes to clinch the 6-3, 6-3 win over 20-year-old Korda.

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“The path [Korda] playing, it will be incredible what he can achieve in the future, ”admitted Hurkacz. “It’s a shame he’s not 100% fit today, but his game is there. I am sure he will hold many trophies in the future.

Korda picked up victories over No.95 Soonwoo Kwon, No.52 Tommy Paul, No.25 John Isner and No.74 Cameron Norrie to reach his first TBEN final. He took a quick lead against Hurkacz, dealing damage with his backhand to claim a serve break in the game opener.

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But the American, who had previously dropped out of his first eight finals as a professional before last year’s ATP Challenger Tour breakthrough at Eckental, was unable to maintain the level as Hurkacz capitalized on a stretch error prone to come back. From 1-3 down, Hurkacz came back to win five games in a row to win the first set.

Hurkacz remained comfortably in control in the second set as Korda’s struggles continued. The Pole broke twice more, claiming the game with a lob winner to become the first Polish champion to reign at Delray Beach.

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