Hubert Hurkacz v Lorenzo Sonego Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Vienna Open: Hurkacz Looking at Back to Back Quarterfinals

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Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz will face the 42nd-ranked Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the second round of the 2020 Vienna Open on Thursday, October 29. The match begins at around 5.30 pm local time (5.30 pm BST or 12.30 pm Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v Lorenzo Sonego match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Hubert Hurkacz v Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head

There have been four previous outings between Hurkacz and Sonego and the score is tied at 2-2. Two of those matches came at the highest level on the ATP circuit, while the other two came in the Challengers. It’s 1-1 in each, having met as recently as the Auckland Open earlier this year. That match was won by the 31st-ranked Hurkacz.

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Hurkacz Makes it in Straight Sets

The Pole did not have a lot of trouble in the first set of his first round match against Attila Balazs, needing a solitary break of serve in the second game to go on to clinch it. Hurkacz was rarely tested on his serve in the set and completed an easy 6-3 win there.

Things changed drastically in the second as Balazs upped the ante and became more aggressive. Despite losing serve in the very first game, Balazs came back to level it off in the fourth game, dropped serve in the very next game before levelling things off at 4-4 – a total of four breaks of serves shared by Hurkacz and his opponent.

It was finally in the 11th game of the second set the world number 31 got his decisive break of serve, before serving it out to love and pocket the set and the match.

Hurkacz enters this match riding on some confidence, having made it to the quarterfinal two weeks ago in Cologne, having put up a solid fight even in that defeat at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut.

A win here could book him a place in the quarterfinals against Novak Djokovic.

Sonego Inching into the Top 40

A maiden title winner last year at Antalya looked to have propelled Sonego into the big league and while he hasn’t been as consistent as he would have liked this season, the Italian is currently ranked 42nd in the world, his career-best ranking.

Sonego qualified for this event as a lucky loser, having gone down to Aljaz Bedene in a tough three-setter in the qualifiers but once he made the main draw, his first round opponent Dusan Lajovic proved to be no match for him. The Italian won 6-4, 6-3 to make the second round.

The world number 42, whose best showing this year came at the French Open when he reached the fourth round, doesn’t have the best of records indoors though. He was 2-5 last season and while he won 11 of the 20 matches he played in 2018, the two qualifiers he featured in on tour that year had both resulted in losses.

He now takes on a far more confident opponent and will be hugely second-favourite.

Hurkacz v Sonego Prediction and Tip

At 4/11 Hurkacz isn’t too attractive for the winner’s market, but we could look at the games market or even sets in the match (two).

Tip: Under 22.5 games in the match: 4/5 (bet365)

The Vienna Open 2020 will be played from October 25 to November 1. You can watch & bet on the Cologne Open here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

Suneer Chowdhary
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Suneer is a Mumbai-based freelance sports journalist with a special affinity towards cricket and tennis. He has also covered six ICC tournaments including Cricket World Cups and Champions Trophy.

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