In-Form Russian Andrey Rublev plays rising Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals of the 2021 Miami Open on Friday, April 2nd. The match is scheduled for 0700 pm local time (midnight BST) Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Hubert Hurkacz match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Hubert Hurkacz Sinner Head to Head
They have met once on the tour thus far, at the Rome Masters in 2020 on clay, and Hurkacz won that in a decider.
The Rublev Show of 2021 Continues…
Andrey Rublev has been in phenomenal form of late, winning five titles in 2020, making his first ever Tour Finals and breaking into the top eight of the ATP rankings.
He continued his strong run of form at the start of the season too, leading Russia to the finals of the ATP Cup, and was in ominous form at the Australian Open, until the quarter-finals where he ran into compatriot Daniil Medvedev and lost in straight sets.
The Russian added to his title count at Rotterdam winning another ATP 500, and looked the favorite in both the tournaments in the Middle-East, at Doha and Dubai respectively. But, surprise semi-final defeats to Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha and Aslan Karatsev in Dubai derailed his season ever so slightly.
The Russian arrived in Miami with a 16-3 record for the year and in the absence of the Big Three and Dominic Thiem, was one of favorites at the start of the tournament along with the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rublev’s form this week has again become clinical defeating American Tennys Sandgren and Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics dropping three games each in his first two matches. A clinical 6-4, 6-4 win against Marin Cilic set up a quarter-final against a rising new face on the tour, American Sebastian Korda.
It was a match with a good level of intensity with Korda putting up all he had against Rublev, but in the end the more seasoned Russian prevailed with a tight scoreline of 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) to qualify for his first ever Masters 1000 semi-finals.
Hurkacz Coming Off Inspired Win…
Rising Pole Hubert Hurkacz is ranked just within the top 30 in the world in the ATP rankings and has exhibited promise over 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 dented his confidence as he was hoping the new season would bring him consistency. The ATP 500s at Rotterdam and Dubai resulted in round of 32 exits for the Pole and the season was starting to look underwhelming for Hurkacz.
It was a routine opening win for Hurkacz after a bye here in Miami against American veteran Denis Kudla, but since then it has been a good run for the hardworking Pole. A tight two sets win against Canadian Denis Shapovalov was followed by a three-setter against another Canadian Milos Raonic, setting up a quarter-final against the number two seed from Greece, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas looked in good touch and ran away 6-2 with the opening set. He was up a break and 3-1 in the second and looked all set for a semi-final when the levels swapped and Hurkacz pulled off a 6-4 second set win. Tsitsipas looked deflated in the decider and the Pole made no heavy work of closing out the set and match, in turn making his first Masters 1000 semis as well.
Rublev v Hurkacz Prediction and Tip
This will be a close encounter, with both players looking confident at the back of good results. Hurkacz came back from behind against Tsitsipas, but Rublev’s form right now is in a league of its own.
Expect Rublev to win a close three-setter.
Tip: Rublev to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)