World number 16 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland will be up against the Aussie and 40th-ranked John Millman in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Sunday, May 2. Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v John Millman match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Hubert Hurkacz v John Millman Head to Head
There have been three previous meetings between these two of which two have come at the Challenger circuit. All three were won by Millman, including one at the 2020 Australian Open in round two.
None of these matches have come on clay though.
Hurkacz Hoping to Translate Hard Court Form to Clay
He is only 24 and has already won three ATP titles including one at the Miami Masters in March. Hurkacz, however, hasn’t got the best record on clay, with all those three titles having come on hard court surfaces and the Pole having never made it to the final of an event played on dirt.
Having made his top 20 debut recently, Hurkacz then featured in his first clay event of the season at the Monte Carlo Masters. He scraped through to a win over Thomas Fabbiano in his opener, before Dan Evans easily got the better of him with a 6-4, 6-1 win.
Last season too, Hurkacz’s best result was a third round appearance at the Italian Open, while he won just one main draw match on clay on the ATP circuit in 2019 – that was here in Madrid.
Facing another player who has had his own troubles on clay does make some of his task easier but Hurkacz will need a strong start to give himself the confidence needed to go deep into this competition.
Millman’s Not Lost an Opener on Clay This Year
Like mentioned earlier, Millman isn’t too fond of clay either but he enters this tournament on the back of an interesting record for the season. He has featured in four clay court competitions and won the first round at each of them.
At Munich, he has even managed to win two matches in a row – against Alexei Popyrin and Guido Pella, although the latter against an injured player – before running away into Casper Ruud.
Earlier this year, there have been victories over Federico Coria, Ugo Humbert and Danilo Petrovic, the first two of which came with Millman starting out as a distant second-favourite in the encounter.
All of this, combined with Hurkacz’s own struggles make for a very intriguing contest here. Can the Aussie cause bit of a flutter here?
Hurkacz v Millman Prediction and Tip
A Hurkacz win is at 4/11 but we believe it might not be as straightforward as that and Millman could well win a set at the very least.