Former top ten ace Wojtek Fibak has compared compatriot Hubert Hurkacz to three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray.
Hurkacz, 24, had an incredibly productive week at the Miami Masters, winning the biggest title of his career to break into the top 16 in the world.
It continued an incredibly impressive recent upward trend for Polish tennis following Iga Swiatek winning the French Open in October.
Fibak is something of tennis royalty in tennis having won the 1978 Australian Open men’s doubles, and he was also a successful singles player.
And, after following Hurkacz from an early age, he is not surprised to see him start to make some waves on the ATP Tour.
“I remember just the way he walked, like a basketball player,” Fibek said. “I thought of Andy Murray.
“He had great defence and great hands, but he wasn’t as consistent then.
“Each time when we were talking about Iga last year, I always mentioned Hubert in all the interviews. I always said Hubert is equally talented.
“He’s the fastest, he’s the best mover. He has a great forehand, great backhand.
There was also an inevitable comparison to Swiatek, who reached the semi-final in the doubles in Miami.
“He moves like Iga on the court. All the characteristics of Iga fit Hubert.”
Hurkacz’s breakthrough in Miami was certainly significant, with his previous career-high ranking 28, and it means he can expect to be seeded strongly for the French Open this summer.
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