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Hubert Hurkacz past Stefanos Tsitsipas to semi-finals – Tournament of Rio finally canceled

The 24-year-old Hurkacz surprised the second seed in Miami, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 5), in three sets: 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 after 2 hours and 20 minutes. In the last four, Hurkacz meets the winner of the game between the American Sebastian Korda (ATP 87) and the Russian Andrey Rublev (ATP 8).

In the other semi-final, Roberto Bautista Agut (ATP 12) faces Italian teenager Jannik Sinner (ATP 31). Bautista Agut eliminated first seed Daniil Medvedev (ATP 2) on Wednesday. 

ATP tournament Rio de Janeiro is canceled

The Rio De Janeiro ATP tournament, the most important on South American soil, is canceled. “Given the uncertain situation caused by the virus, there will be no tournament this year,” the organization reported. The clay tournament should have taken place in February (15-21), but had to make way on the calendar for the Australian Open, which was played between 6 and 21 February due to the pandemic. They have now given up the search for a new date.

With more than 320,000 dead, Brazil has been hit hardest by COVID-19 after the United States. Moreover, the pandemic is experiencing an unprecedented peak. Last month there were more than 66,000 deaths.

Last year, Rio’s ATP was one of the last tournaments that could pass before the corona stop. The Chilean gravel specialist Cristian Garin (ATP-20) then pocketed the victory. 

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