Greek Next Gen star Stefanos Tsitsipas plays young Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the second round of the 2021 ATP Rotterdam Open on Thursday, March 4th, with the match scheduled for 0200 PM local time. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Hubert Hurkacz match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Hubert Hurkacz Head to Head
This will be the seventh meeting between both players and Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head 5-1. They met here in the round of 32 last year as well and the Greek won that in a tight three-setter.
Tsitsipas Continues Good Form of 2021
Rotterdam has not been a happy hunting ground for Stefanos Tsitsipas as he has never made it past the round of 16 in the few visits he has made here. With a game and other tour success that is well suited to these conditions, the Greek will be hoping he is able to set the record straight this time around.
Tsitsipas is 8-1 thus far this year and has been in good nick since the start of the season. Winning both his matches at the ATP Cup, the world number six made it to the final eight at the Australian Open where he defeated world number Rafael Nadal after being down two sets to love, before a straight sets defeat in the semi-finals at the hands of Daniil Medvedev.
Tsitsipas was up against the in-form Egor Gerasimov in the opener here and was wary that the Belarusian was coming off a good run at Montpellier last week. Gerasimov had defeated former world number one Andy Murray and the confidence was evident as he played a tight match against Tstisipas.
The Greek prevailed in two tight sets in just under two hours and with the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev out of the tournament, will fancy his chances for a title run here.
Already A Title In 2021; But Uphill Task For The Pole
Rising Pole Hubert Hurkacz is ranked just within the top 30 in the world in the ATP rankings and exhibited promise in the last couple seasons. The year was off to a good start for the 6’6″ Next Gen star with a title win at the Delray Beach Open.
A quarter-final showing at the ATP 250 in Melbourne was a good add-on, but first round losses at the Australian Open and at Montpellier will have dented his confidence and he will like to make amends this week with a good run at Rotterdam.
In a tricky section of the draw with the likes of Tsitsipas, Rublev, Khachanov among others, the Delray Beach title holder was off to a strong start against the uncanny Adrian Mannarino in the opener winning the opening set 6-3. But, the French veteran hung in and pushed a second set tiebreak which was tight and Hurkacz finally victorious 8-6 in the tiebreak.
Although in good touch, Hurkacz will be well aware he needs to up the ante and the consistency to make a mark at the star studded Rotterdam draw this year.
Tsitsipas v Hurkacz Prediction & Tip
After a strong start to the season, winning a title at Delray Beach, the last couple weeks have been a little less promising for Hurkacz, but he has what it takes to challenge the Greek. Tsitsipas, however, has looked strong since the start of the season and can be expected to prevail here in a close three-setter.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in threes sets : 3/1 (bet365)