Sydney, Jan 7 (MNN) Spain clinched a place in ATP Cup championship final as Roberto Bautista Agut scored a thrilling 7-6(6), 2-6, 7-6(5) victory against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz here on Friday evening.
Russia and Canada will meet on Saturday to earn the other spot in the final.
Two years ago, Agut played a critical role at number 2 singles (6-0) during his country’s run to the final, which Serbia won.
The 33-year-old has again been flawless this edition, winning all four of his matches at number 1 singles to lead the way for the two-time finalists.
Hurkacz was desperate to keep his country’s hopes alive and he played tremendous tennis inside Ken Rosewall Arena, saving five match points with gutsy shotmaking.
But Bautista Agut was relentless, eventually emerging victorious after a high-quality two hours and 44 minutes.
Hurkacz, a 2021 Nitto ATP Finals competitor, delivered 24 aces to just one for his opponent. He also showed great courage in rushing the net under pressure. But Agut was a wall on the biggest points. His elation showed after clinching the victory, with a look of great relief on his face.
The Pole was 6-0 in ATP Cup singles play entering the final. Hurkacz helped his team to its best performance in event history.
Earlier Friday in the number 2 singles, Pablo Carreno Busta gave his country the advantage with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Jan Zielinski.
Kamil Majchrzak went 3-0 for Poland in the group stages, but was forced into isolation due to a positive Covid-19 test and was unable to compete.