Eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland will meet No. 19 seed Aslan Karatsev of Russia in the fourth round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Wednesday, October 13. Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v Aslan Karatsev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Hubert Hurkacz v Aslan Karatsev Head to Head
Karatsev won their only tour-level meeting in San Diego earlier this month, rallying from a set down to beat the Polish player. They are 1-1 overall though with Hurkacz beating Karatsev in a qualifying round match in Shenzhen in 2017.
Hurkacz Breezes Past Tiafoe
Hubert Hurkacz continued marching ahead at Indian Wells with a second successive straight set win on Monday.
The Pole, ranked No. 12 in the world, faced a stiff challenge in the first but raised his level in the second to outplay the American 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 12 minutes.
Hurkacz, who saved both the break points that he faced in the first set, didn’t face a single break point in the second, while capitalising on three of the 10 breaking chances in the match.
The eighth seed had begun his campaign with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in the second round.
With Monday’s win, the 24-year-old improved his season record to 32-17 and his hard court record to 26-10. A semifinalist at Wimbledon this year, the Polish player has captured three titles this year winning in Delray Beach, Miami and Metz (all hard surfaces).
He was a quarterfinalist on debut at Indian Wells in 2019, and is just one win away from repeating his exploits this year. But given the form he is in this season, he will be aiming for even better returns this time around.
Karatsev Stuns Shapovalov
No. 19 seed Aslan Karatsev seems to be regaining the form that propelled him up the rankings in the first half this year. The Russian, who has struggled to produce decent results ever since his runner-up finish at the Serbian Open, defeated the ninth seed Denis Shapovalov on Monday to advance to the Round of 16.
Not broken once in the entire match, Karatsev converted three of nine to beat the Canadian 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 37 minutes.
A quarterfinalist in San Diego earlier this month, Karatsev had destroyed Italy’s Salvatore Caruso 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of his Indian Wells debut.
With Monday’s win the 28-year-old is now 33-27 for the season. He had a brilliant start to 2021, going from qualifiers to the semifinals at the Australian Open and winning his maiden tour-level title in Dubai. He was also a finalist in Belgrade, where he beat Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and also beat Daniil Medvedev in Rome.
He seems to be getting back to the early season levels and that could help him go a long way in the tournament.
Hurkacz v Karatsev Prediction and Tip
Having beaten Hurkacz only a few days back, Karatsev will go in with a psychological advantage, but expect Hurkacz to get his revenge at Indian Wells.