Hurkacz pummels Medvedev for Halle title

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Poland's Hubert Hurkacz has delivered a stunning performance to down world No.1 Daniil Medvedev 6-1 6-4 and claim the Halle ATP grass title.

Last year's Wimbledon semi-finalist warmed up perfectly on Sunday for this year's tournament beginning on June 27 by racing into a 5-0 lead against the Russian and never looking back.

Hurkacz's display will also have given huge encouragement to Australian Nick Kyrgios, who pushed the Pole all the way in their semi-final on Saturday before losing in a deciding tiebreak.

Kyrgios's serve went unbroken during the loss to Hurkacz, but the world No.12 was also magnificent on his own delivery and continued his brilliant form on Sunday, also breaking in the first game of the second set with Medvedev struggling to deal with his excellent returns.

It was his fifth ATP title overall, captured after just over an hour on court.

"I am very happy with the win," the first Polish winner at Halle said at courtside.

"He is the best player in the world. So it is very tricky."

The Pole's booming serve caused Medvedev huge problems and Hurkacz said he was now looking forward with "confidence" to Wimbledon.

"I was serving well. I had the momentum," he added.

Hurkacz, who had never previously won a tour grass tournament, also defeated Medvedev in his Wimbledon run last year before toppling Roger Federer.

But Medvedev is not able to compete at Wimbledon after organisers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine.

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