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MONTREAL: Hubert Hurkacz shrugged off a slow start to upset fourth seed Casper Ruud on Saturday and book a title clash with Pablo Carreno Busta at the ATP Masters in Montreal.

Hurkacz, Poland’s eighth seed, needed two hours to claim a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over her Norwegian opponent, who had dropped just one set all week.

But his workload was minor compared to that of unseeded Spaniard Carreno Busta, who needed three hours to hold off Briton Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 6- 2.

Carreno Busta had match point in the second-set tiebreaker but couldn’t wrap up the win for another 50 minutes, eventually sprinting to claim the game’s final twelve points.

Evans sent his sixth double fault of a long night to drop out of the contest.

Carreno Busta has reached his first Masters final, where he will attempt to become the first unranked Canadian champion since Argentina’s Guillermo Canas in 2002.

The last player ranked outside the top eight to win the Canadian crown was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2014, when the men played in Toronto.

This year, Ruud was the highest-ranked player to advance to the semi-finals, after world number one Daniil Medvedev, second-seeded Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece all fell in the second round.

Carreno Busta fired 45 winners but said he was happy to move on despite not playing his best tennis.

“It’s important to win these kind of matches, I’m so happy to be in the final,” he said.

“So this week, my level has been incredible.”

Against Ruud, Hurkacz finished with 47 winners – including 18 aces – and 19 unforced errors, advancing on his second match point.

“I was just trying to stay in the game, he was better in the first set and a half,” Hurkacz said. “I just had to hold on and fight.”

Hurkacz went three sets in each of his matches this week but said he didn’t feel any physical impact.

“I feel good, I have energy,” he said. “So far so good,” he said.

Ruud and Hurkacz traded early breaks, but the Norwegian took the lead in the opening set, winning it on another break of serve.

He then inflicted further punishment by smashing Hurkacz at love in the opener of the second as he tried to set the tone for the rest of the game.

But Hurkacz fought back with an immediate break and went on to level the match at one set apiece.

Hurkacz quickly escaped in the deciding set, taking a 4-1 lead with two quick breaks of serve before wrapping up the comeback triumph.

He got revenge for a loss to Ruud in the fourth round of Roland Garros two months ago.

“I was just staying aggressive, looking for opportunities, just trying to take every chance to get ahead in the rally and make it uncomfortable,” Hurkacz said.

Hurkacz has won his first five ATP Finals – including the Miami Masters in April – and is keen to continue his winning streak.

“I just try to compete as hard as I can, be as prepared (as possible)

“I was lucky to win the first finals. But tomorrow is a new game. It’s going to be very tricky. »


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