Tsitsipas won the first set 6-2. In the second set a resurgent Hurkacz fought back to break the Greek champion’s serve twice, and win the set 6-3.
In the third set, Hurkacz, who reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 on February 3, 2020, broke Tsitsipas’ serve to claim the game, 6-4 and the match.
It was a hugely disappointing evening for the Greek tennis champion who was the favorite to win his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami.
On Tuesday he beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 7-6(2) to reach his first quarter final at the Miami Open. Tsitsipas fired 20 winners and didn’t face a break point across the span of one hour and 31 minutes against the 24th seeded Italian.
“I’m playing well, feeling well, and enjoying these moments on the court,” Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview.
“I’m thrilled to be playing the way I’m playing. I’m having a great impact with my game so far this week, so it’s important for me to capitalize (on) that.
“Each single opponent has been a separate challenge, and I’ve been managing to find solutions against them. It’s important for me to have matches like this.”
Tsitsipas is youngest player ranked in the top 10
Tsitsipas is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and has a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history.
He was the champion at the 2019 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years. He has won five singles titles and reached ten finals on the ATP Tour.
Tsitsipas has become a fixture in the top 10 of the ATP rankings and reached three Grand Slam semifinals at the 2019 Australian Open, 2020 French Open and the 2021 Australian Open.