In a battle between the top two seeds, Hubert Hurkacz and Pablo Carreno Busta will vie for the 2021 Moselle Open title on Sunday, September 26. Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v Pablo Carreno Busta match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Hubert Hurkacz v Pablo Carreno Busta Head to Head
Carreno Busta is 1-0 on the tour and 2-0 from all levels.
Their only tour-level meeting took place in Cincinnati this year, with the Spaniard winning the Round of 16 contest 7-6, 7-6. In their other meeting six years ago at a lower level tournament, Carreno Busta had won in three sets.
Hurkacz Ends Gojowczyk’s Run
Top seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland ended 2017 Moselle Open champion Peter Gojowczyk’s run in the semifinal on Saturday to march into a third tour-level final of the season and fourth of his career.
Yet to lose an ATP final, Hurkacz had begun the season by winning the Delray Beach Open title and then gone on to clinch a maiden Master 1000 title in Miami. The World No. 13 also had his best Grand Slam showing this year, making his final four debut at Wimbledon before falling to eventual finalist Matteo Berrettini.
The Polish player, who improved to 28-16 in singles this year following his win over Gojowczyk, will be aiming for double glory on Sunday, as he also made it to the doubles final with partner Jan Zieliński. But first his focus will be on the singles final.
His road to the final includes a 6-2, 6-3 Round of 16 win over Lucas Pouille; a tough 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Andy Murray in the quarterfinal and a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over Gojowczyk in the semifinal.
In the Saturday’s fixture, Hurkacz didn’t have much trouble in winning the first set, but had to overcome stiff resistance from the World No. 101 in the second set.
The German qualifier broke Hurkacz in the very first game of the second set and then maintained the lead until the eighth game when Hurkacz broke back to draw level at 4-4. The Pole had two match points on Gojowczyk’s serve at 5-6, but the German refused to give in and forced the tiebreak.
Hurkacz dominated the tiebreak, building a sizeable lead up front and then converted a fourth match point in the contest to win in an hour and 36 minutes.
Carreno Busta Overcomes Monfils
Second seed and World No. 16 Pablo Carreno Busta showed his bouncebackability as he knocked out home favourite Gael Monfils in the semifinal on Saturday.
Carreno Busta fought back from 1-4 down in the first set and saved four set points in the second set tiebreak to win the one-hour-and-48-minute contest 7-5, 7-6 (10-8).
Monfils struck 17 aces against the Spaniard’s one in the match, but it was the Spaniard who won the crucial moments in the contest. The Frenchman first squandered a 4-1 lead in the first set, with Carreno Busta breaking him twice and claiming the set and then in the second set tiebreak, Monfils had built a 3-6 lead, but the Spaniard fought back again.
He saved the three set points and then saved another while trailing 6-7 before eventually finishing the match by converting a second match point and moving into a third final of the season.
A champion on the clay courts of Marbella and Hamburg this year, Carreno Busta will be aiming for a seventh career title on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who upset Novak Djokovic to win the bronze at the Tokyo games, began his Moselle Open challenge with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the Round of 16. He was stretched to the hilt by 18-year-old Danish qualifier Holger Rune in the quarterfinal on Friday, before eventually winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
With a 35-13 record, Carreno Busta has been one of the form players throughout the season, can he make the season even sweeter with a third title on Sunday?
Hurkacz v Carreno Busta Prediction and Tip
This is expected to be a long, draining affair. Both players are 2-0 in the finals this season and will be looking to keep the record intact.
Hurkacz will have a slight edge, as he is 19-9 on hard courts this season, while his opponent is 13-7 on the surface.