MONTREAL: Hubert Hurkacz advanced to his fourth ATP Masters 1000 semifinal on Friday despite Nick Kyrgios' relentless attack.
On Court Central, he defeated the Australian 7-6(4), 6-7(5), and 6-1.
The Pole advanced following an exciting match in which the 27-year-old made rapid adjustments to his serve while he produced powerful shots from his own strings to improve to 31-13 on the year.
The Washington champion from the previous week, Kyrgios, entered the match in excellent shape, having won 15 of his previous 16 games, with his lone loss coming to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Kyrgios was unable to match the intensity of the Pole in the third set, which eighth seed Hurkacz won by physically taxing a worn-out Kyrgios and improving his record in decisive sets this year to 11-6.
The 25-year-old, who won in Miami in 2021, will play fourth seed Casper Ruud in his quest for a second ATP Masters 1000 title.
Hurkacz won his fourth tour-level championship earlier this year in Halle, and as he prepares to compete in his second Nitto ATP Finals, he is currently ninth in the Pepperstone ATP Race to Turin.