Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño achieved this Friday victories against world number nine Hubert Hurkacz and Jan Zielinski, respectively, to achieve victory over Poland affected by the covid and put Spain for the second time in the final of the ATP Cup, against the defending champions, Russia, or Canada, who play the other semifinal on Saturday.
Spain had an important advantage before the semifinal in Sydney, when Poland suffered the loss of Kamil Majchrzak after testing positive for COVID.
Majchrzak had won all three singles matches and his replacement, doubles specialist Jan Zielinski, could do nothing against Pablo Carreño, the twentieth world player, who won 6-2 and 6-1 in just 53 minutes, to put Spain 1-0 lead.
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Later, Bautista, 19th in the world, surprised Hurkacz, whom he won 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) in a disputed match.
«It is a game that I will always remember. I think either one of us could have won today. He also deserves a lot of good things. But this is our sport, this is tennis, "said Bautista.
“I was the one who won, but he also deserved to win. I played very aggressive at the end of the game, "added the Spaniard.
Hurkacz was very keen to lead his country to the final and played very well in the last set, saving five match points.
Hurkacz was useless with his 24 aces, some at a speed of 225 km / h, but the Spaniard made fewer unforced errors and won more points than the Pole with his rest on serves.