Hubert Hrrkacz credits months of training in steamy Florida for helping him to victory on Sunday with a 7-6(4), 6-4 defeat of good friend Jannik Sinner in the Miami Masters final.
The Pole who also lifted the Delray Beach trophy at a venue 79 kms up the interstate in January, said he was fully acclimated to hot spring conditions.
“Since last year I spent almost half a year here,” the player set to rise to 16th in the world said.
”I was practising in the hottest weather during the spring and summer here; I think that helped me a lot playing now in Florida, especially in these pretty tough conditions here.
“(The court) was a little bit slow here and the wind was blowing from side to side sometimes.”
Hurkacz is the first man to complete the tropical Florida double; American Jan-Michael Gambill won Delray but then lost to Andre Agassi in the 2001 Miami final.
Hurkacz and Italian 19-year-old Sinner have played doubles together and are good friends on the Tour.
The youngster was bidding for his third career title after winning his first last autumn and his second in February.
“You are maybe my best friend on tour,” the winner told his opponent, adding: “Jannik is an amazing player and an amazing person.”
Sinner said that the surprise makeup of the final does not mean that the major names – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic – who skipped the event are out of the picture at all.
“The next generation is not ready yet to win consistently yet against them,” he said. “The moment will come, I don’t know when, it can be three years or more.”
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