World number four Alexander Zverev will be up against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in their third round match at the Madrid Masters 2019. The match begins at 5.15 pm local time (or 4.15 pm BST) and you can find all your Alexander Zverev v Hubert Hurkacz live streaming options along with tips, predictions and head to head information here.
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Alexander Zverev v Hubert Hurkacz Head to Head
This is the very first time that Zverev and Hurkacz will be facing off against each other at the highest level.
Zverev Starting from the Scratch?
It has been that kind of a season for the German that he will need to look at going back to the basics. And after a first round bye, that’s exactly what it seems he did in his 6-4, 6-1 win over David Ferrer, playing in his final tour encounter.
Zverev’s true test will begin now, against Hurkacz and beyond given the way things have gone this season for him on clay and in the two tournaments on hard-court before that. In these six aforementioned tournaments, Zverev has failed to win two matches in a row, losing in round one at Miami and Barcelona and in round two at Indian Wells, Marrakech, Monte-Carlo and Munich.
What’s making this worse for the world number four is he has had a lot of points to defend from the previous season and another average run from here on could lead to a major slide in the rankings. And obviously there’s that thing about whether he and his support staff have found out what’s been his bother.
At His Best Rank, Hurkacz
22-year-old Polish player Hurkacz is currently ranked 52nd in the world, his best ever ranking, having been at 179th in the world at the same time last year. Can he go on to become the next-gen story of the year with his ever-improving performances?
By the looks of things, it already seems so. There were two back-to-back first round losses on clay for the Pole at Monte-Carlo and Budapest and he needed to go through the qualifiers to make it to the opening round of this tournament in Madrid.
And that was followed by two, straight-set wins over Alex de Minaur and Lucas Pouille, making it four matches in a row in which he hasn’t lost a set. Comparing this with last year again, he was participating in a Challenger this week and went down in the first round which is another pointer how much he has improved apart from the fact he would earn a good bump up his points again irrespective of the result
Zverev v Hurkacz Predictions & Tips
Hurkacz can be expected to push Zverev and it should come as no surprise if there are three sets in this encounter.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (888Sport)