AUSTRALIAN OPEN FREE TIP: Hubert Hurkacz vs. Denis Shapovalov
- Title : AUSTRALIAN OPEN FREE TIP: Hubert Hurkacz vs. Denis Shapovalov
Check out our prediction for the third round Aus Open match between two players from the top 25.
Hubert Hurkacz is 11th in the ATP rankings with his best ranking being two spots higher. The Polish player is 4-2 for the season.
In the first round of the Australian Open he defeated Pedro Martinez 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 and needed five sets to go past Lorenzo Sonego in the second round - 3-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Hurkacz is playing at the Australian Open since 2018 and this is the first time to make it to the thrid round.
Denis Shapovalov is 22nd in the ATP rankings and his best one is at no. 10.
The Canadian is 4-1 for the season. He defeated Dusan Lajovic in the first round in Melbourne by 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and then Taro Daniel in the second, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5.
Shapovalov also made his debut in Melbourne in 2018 and this is the third time to get this far in the tournament.
- Hurkacz leads 3-1 against Shapovalov
- The last time they played it was in Miami in 2021 with Hurkacz winning 6-3, 7-6
- Hurkacz is 153-72 all-time on hard while Shapovalov is 125-75
This will be a great match between two players who are still on the rise. Both Hurkacz and Shapovalov has felt how is to be among the top 10 in the ATP rankings and are targeting to get back there this season. Shapovalov had a slightly easier journey to the third-round while Hurkacz had to go through five sets in the second-round match against Sonego. Both players have very good serves. The two have a pretty difference style of play as Shapovalov plays the majority of the points at the base line while Hurkacz goes at the net pretty often. Shapovalov is probably the more talented, but Hurkacz is calmer and patient which is another reason why this match will be wonderful to watch. It will be a tough battle with many ups and downs for both players. They will keep their serves for the majority of the games and will both win a set which will take this game over 39.5 games in total.
Total tie-breaks over 1.5
|Over 39.5 games
|01:00 : 20-Jan-23