No. 1 Sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face Hurkacz in Halle

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Germany Tennis Halle

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Top-ranked Jannik Sinner reached his first grass-court final by beating Zhang Zhizhen 6-4, 7-6 (3) at the Halle Open on Saturday to set up a title match against Hubert Hurkacz.

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz celebrates as he plays Germany Alexander Zverev in the semifinal match at the Halle ATP tennis tournament, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2024. ( (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

Sinner saved a set point in the second set before jumping out to a quick lead in the tiebreaker. The Australian Open champion improved his record to 37-3 this year.

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Germany Alexander Zverev reacts as he plays Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinal match at the Halle ATP tennis tournament, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2024. Hurkacz won 7-6, 6-4. ( (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

The Italian reached the Wimbledon semifinals last year, losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Italy's Jannik Sinner reacts during the semifinal match at ATP tennis tournament against Zhang Zhizhen of China, in Halle, Germany, June 22, 2024. (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

Hurkacz fired 17 aces in his 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory over second-seeded Alexander Zverev. The fifth-seeded Polish player saved all four break points he faced. It was his first victory over Zverev, ranked No. 4, in four tries.

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz cliches his fist as he plays Germany Alexander Zverev in the semifinal match at the Halle ATP tennis tournament, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2024. ( (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

Hurkacz, ranked No. 9, won Halle in 2022. That was his only other final on grass.

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Zhang Zhizhen of China reacts during the semifinal match at ATP tennis tournament against Italy's Jannik Sinner, in Halle, Germany, June 22, 2024. (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

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no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Germany Alexander Zverev plays Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinal match at the Halle ATP tennis tournament, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2024. Hurkacz won 7-6, 6-4. ( (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

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no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Zhang Zhizhen of China plays a shot during the semifinal match at ATP tennis tournament against Italy's Jannik Sinner, in Halle, Germany, June 22, 2024. (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Germany Tennis Halle

no. 1 sinner reaches first grass-court final and will face hurkacz in halle

Germany Alexander Zverev plays Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinal match at the Halle ATP tennis tournament, Germany, Saturday, June 22, 2024. Hurkacz won 7-6, 6-4. ( (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)

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