Rising Next Gen stars Jannik Sinner from Italy and Hubert Hurkacz from Poland meet in the first round of the 2020 Cologne Open on Monday, October 19. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v Jannik Sinner match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Hubert Hurkacz v Jannik Sinner Head to Head
This will be the first match between the two young and upcoming players on the tour.
Hurkacz Continues 2020 Quest for Consistency
Poland’s Next Gen rising star Hubert Hurkacz had a breakthrough season in 2019, winning his first ATP title and knocking on the top 25 in the world rankings, ranked as high as number 28 at one point in time.
2020 got off to a strong start for Hurkacz, who had a good outing at the ATP Cup, winning all his singles matches but was unable to hit any consistent run of form thereafter, heading into the Covid-19 hiatus.
Upon the return of the tour in the late summer, neither the US hard court run or the European clay season thereafter proved to be particularly successful for the Pole, who has not managed to get any sort of momentum going. His track record on the indoor courts in recent times has not been great either.
That being said, he looked in better form this past week at the first of the two Cologne tournaments, dispatching Marc Polmans and then Mischa Zverev in straight sets with minimal discomfort and looking in control for most of the match both times.
The test only got stiffer as he ran into the consistent Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals. Hurkacz did well to equal the match after the second set, but Agut ran away with a 6-0 victory in the final set.
Back for the second of the Cologne tournaments, the number six seed Hurkacz will be looking for a strong run this week to solidify some of the confidence attained last week.
Sinner Hoping to Continue Solid French Open
Italy’s teenage sensation Jannik Sinner has been on an impressive run since the European Open semi-finals in Antwerp almost a year back. Winner of the ATP Next Gen Finals at Milan, making the quarterfinals in Rotterdam this February and defeating Benoit Paire and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Rome Masters were all impressive results.
His first appearance in the main draw at the French Open will qualify for the most important run in his career thus far, though.
He kick-started his first ever main draw at Roland Garros with a surprise win over 11th seed David Goffin in the first round in straight sets.
After two straight set wins against lower ranked players, Sinner was up against a considerably more experienced opponent in Alexander Zverev in the fourth round, a match he won impressively in four sets, making him the first man since Novak Djokovic in 2006 to make the final eight of the French Open, in his first appearance.
In his quarter-final against the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, Sinner put up a spirited performance breaking Nadal in both of the first two sets, only for the Spaniard to come back stronger.
The Italian teenager was able to hang with Nadal for the first two sets and although the world number two ran away with the match in the third, it was an excellent display by Sinner against the best player ever on clay.
The successful Roland Garros run saw Sinner break into the top 50 of the world rankings and although a stomach bug stopped him from participating at St Petersburg last week, he is back on the tour and hoping for another good run as the season draws to a close.
Hurkacz v Sinner Prediction and Tip
This promises to be an exciting clash between two players with bright futures ahead. Though Hurkacz is the higher ranked and more experienced of the two, he has not been in the best of form this season, whereas the less experienced Sinner has gone from strength to strength, impressing as recently as last week at Roland Garros.
Expect Sinner to win this match in two well fought sets.
Tip: Sinner to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)