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Tennis: Vukovov’s impressive victory in Stuttgart

Marton Vosovic defeated Hubert Hurkacz, third in the eighth final, in the men’s tennis tournament on the grass in Stuttgart. Former world leader Andy Murray also won, bidding farewell to Canadian fourth seed Denis Shapovalov.

Marton Vosovic defeats Hubert Hurkacz in Stuttgart (Photo: AFP)

On Thursday, Hungary’s No. 55 in the world rankings was the Polish lead at 13, which they beat in both of their previous matches: Fucsovics advanced 2:1 in the tough competition 2018 in Budapest and a few months later in Cincinnati.

The 25-year-old Wroclaw has proven his ability to perform well on grass, having reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year. During his career, Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer, among others, as well as the Swiss star, bid farewell in three sets, which was previously possible in 2002 by Croatian Mario Ancic at the London Grand Slam.

The tennis player from Nyíregyháza started the match better on Thursday, immediately taking over his 196cm opponent, but the Pole tied by 3:1. At 5:5, Fucovov broke with bravura again, then easily outsourced to the group, which It lasted 40 minutes.

In the sequel, the 30-year-old Hungarian had to pass three break points in his first match, after which none of the players got the betting advantage. Shorting worked out fine with the Fucsovics 3 to 3, but then Hurkacz won three rounds in a series, and from there, even though the tennis player from Nyíregyháza scored four set pieces, there was no going back.

In the final set, the Hungarian tennis player made use of his only break opportunity at 3:2, and since he did not give his opponent a chance to serve, he was able to celebrate with a pass in 2 hours 12 minutes.

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The next round of Nick Kyrgios vs Nikolos Basilasvili awaits the national team’s victory in the Davis Cup.

Foxvic withdrew from Stuttgart in the first round last year, so he has scored extra points in Germany this year, which is also important for him as he has not yet decided whether to start Wimbledon, which begins at the end of the month. . A year ago, he fought in the quarter-finals in London, where this time – in response to the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players – the ATP, which organizes the men’s series, will not award points in the leaderboard. In that sense, the Fucsovics can’t “defend” the 360 ​​points he earned there last year (he currently has 990 points) and could be out of the top 100, so he might take part in smaller challenge tournaments that score more points under Wimbledon.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray defeated seventh-placed Kazakh Alexander Bublik in the eighth final, in two games, turning from 2:5 in the second quarter, by passing three balls.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov (16th place in the world rankings), who took fourth place in the world, bid farewell to the highlights by defeating Oscar Otti (61) in front of the Hungarian audience in two sets ending in short.

ATP, Stuttgart (€692,235, grass)
Round 2 (to reach 16th place)

Marton Fukowicz – Hubert Hurkacz (Polish, 3) 7:5, 6:7, 6:3
Otti (German) – Shapovalov (Canadian, 4) 7:6 (8-6), 7:6 (7-4)
Sonego (Italian, 6) – Struff (German) 7:6 (7-2), 7:6 (7-4)
Murray (British) – Publik (Kazakhstan, 7) 6:3, 7:6 (7-4)

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