Hurkacz’s place at the season-ending event in Turin was sealed with a 6-2 6-7 (4) 7-5 victory over James Duckworth in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.
Hurkacz said in quotes on the ATP’s official Twitter feed: “It feels incredible… going to Turin is a dream. Growing up as a kid, seeing all those top guys playing in the finals, it’s inspiring. Now being among them, it’s very special.”
Djokovic beat Fritz 6-4 6-3, and the world number one was quoted on atptour.com as saying: “I was absent from the tour for two months, coming into this tournament, and the last competitive match I played was in the US Open final, compared to the other guys playing one or two events prior to Paris.
“I knew that I needed to start well, with good intensity and put in a lot of hours on the practice court. But it’s different when you play points in a competitive match.
“I am pleased with the way I played against (Marton) Fucsovics (in the second round) and today I did have ups and downs.
“I am not really pleased with the way I closed out the sets. I lost my serve to love (at 2-0 up in the first set), then (at) 5-3, again, I served for it with new balls and lost to love again.
“Those kind of things shouldn’t happen, I know that. I backed myself up with good returns and read Taylor’s serve very well to get into rallies. I closed out the last couple of service games well and that’s a positive.”
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