Poland’s world number 31 Hubert Hurkacz will be up against Germany’s Mischa Zverev, ranked 268th in the world in the second round of the 2020 Cologne Open on Wednesday, October 14. The match is likely to start sometime after 12 pm local time (11 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v Mischa Zverev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Hubert Hurkacz v Mischa Zverev Head to Head
This will be the first match between Hurkacz and Zverev.
Hurkacz Gunning to Make Things Happen
The Pole Hurkacz won his maiden ATP title last season at Winston-Salem, around 14 months ago. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t been quite able to build on that win, having only reached one ATP semifinal since then.
That came on the hard court of the ATP Auckland earlier this year where he lost to Benoit Paire. Since then there has been the odd win or two for Hurkacz but tournament success has been elusive.
At Rotterdam and Marseille, both indoor tournaments before the pandemic break, Hurkacz was ousted in the second and first round respectively. At Dubai, he fell in the first hurdle again.
And following the break, there was an opening round exit at the Cincinnati Open, and second round ousters at the US Open and Kitzbuhel – all of which indicated the kind of struggle Hurkacz has gone through in recent times.
While there was a third round appearance at the Rome Masters, the first tournament he won two matches in a row this season, another opening exit at the French Open meant he entered this tourney on the back of some confidence-denting showing. Which is why a quick, 6-2, 7-5 win over Marc Polmans in the first round here in Cologne should give him some boost.
Except it’s now round two and questions will begin to rise again on if he can go the distance.
Wildcard Zverev Wins First Match After Break
While the younger Zverev recently made it to the final of the US Open, the elder one has had struggles which have seen him plummet to 268th in the world. Mischa was once a top-25 player but having barely played too much tour-level tennis all season, it’s not much of a surprise he hasn’t had any ranking points to his name.
Incidentally, this tournament in Cologne is just the second tour-level competition he has feature in this season after the Acapulco Open. The first round win over John Millman, as a result, was the first victory he has been able to register all year.
Mischa has appeared in Challengers and exhibitions and what might be something of a pleasant coincidence is his top performance this year came at the Cherbourg Challenger, which was also indoors. Can he push the off-colour Pole around a little?
Hurkacz v Zverev Prediction and Tip
Backing Hurkacz to win this one, even in straight sets. For a less-risky call, I would go with a Hurkacz win even as a straight-set win is at 4/5 at the moment.
Tip: Hurkacz to win: 2/7 (bet365)