Medvedev loses Halle Open final after court invasion (VIDEO)

The world number one was beaten in straight sets by Hubert Hurkacz

Russian tennis world number one Daniil Medvedev suffered his second consecutive loss in the grass court final on Sunday when he was beaten in straight sets by Hubert Hurkacz at the Halle Open.

Hurkacz produced what has been dubbed one of the best performances of the grass-court season so far as he dismantled the game’s best player 6-1, 6-4 to secure his first tour-level competition on grass and his first victory at the 2022 tournament.

Seeded fifth, the Pole beat Medvedev three times and finished it in just 63 minutes at the OWL Arena to clinch his fifth ATP Tour trophy.

As Medvedev lost his grip in the first set, a pitch invader tried to attach himself to the net as seen recently at Roland Garros, but was scolded by security.

Chased for an instance, the man then tried again on the other side of the court but was manhandled by two guards before struggling and ultimately being tackled to the ground.

Hurkacz became just the seventh player in Open Era history to win his first five finals, with world number seven and rising star Carlos Alcaraz also included in the exclusive small group.

As for his record against Medvedev, Hurkacz now leads the Russian 3-2 after knocking him out of the Miami Open quarter-finals in March.

“Daniil is an incredible player” Hurkacz said in his post-match interview. “He’s the best player in the world, so it’s very difficult to play him. All the good shots went my way at the start, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that.”

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Being a good sportsman, he congratulated Hurkacz and his team for their victory and said that they were “really nice” wishing them “many more matches to play on the biggest stage”.


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