Hurkacz powers Poland into ATP Cup semis



World number nine Hubert Hurkacz powered Po-land into the ATP Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, overwhelming Argentina’s in-form Diego Schwartzman to ensure his country became the first to book a last-four berth.

Both nations went into the tie in Sydney un-beaten in Group D, winning previous clashes with Greece and Georgia, to make their showdown a winner-takes-all battle.

Poland’s world number 117 Kamil Majchrzak set up his team for victory with a gutsy 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory against Federico Delbonis, who is ranked 73 places higher.

That left 2021 Miami Open champion Hurkacz needing to beat 13th-ranked Schwartzman, and he did so in style, racing to a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 81 minutes. “So happy for Team Poland, we are in the semis and super proud of that achievement,” said Hurkacz, who sent down 12 aces and won 85 percent of his first-serve points.


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