Hubert Hurkacz v Egor Gerasimov Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Australian Open 2022: Hurkacz Aiming for Best Showing in Melbourne

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No. 10 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland will meet Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Hubert Hurkacz v Egor Gerasimov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Hubert Hurkacz v Egor Gerasimov Head to Head

Hurkacz beat Gerasimov in the first round of the U.S. Open last year. He had also beaten the Belarusian in a qualifying round of the U.S. Open in 2018.

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Hurkacz Looking to Come Good in Melbourne

In his three main draw appearances at the Australian Open, Hubert Hurkacz has reached the second round just once (in 2020), falling in the opening rounds in 2019 and 2021. Expectations will be more from him this time around as a lot has changed since his five-set defeat to Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the first round last year.

Since then, Hurkacz has claimed his maiden ATP 1000 title in Miami; made his semifinal debut in majors at Wimbledon; captured a third title of the season in Metz, having also won the season opener at Delray Beach; and made significant gains in the rankings, breaking into the top 10 for the first time in his career and peaking to a career-high ranking of No. 9 in November.

Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, the Polish player will definitely be aiming for his best showing at the Melbourne major. However, he has a tough draw and faces a potential third round match with last year’s semifinalist Aslan Karatsev.

Hurkacz won’t be looking too far just yet and will be more focused on winning the first two rounds. He is 3-1 from his four ATP Cup singles matches this year, but his preparation for the first major hasn’t been ideal as two of those three wins came against World No. 570 Aleksandre Metreveli of Georgia and World N0. 1078 Aristotelis Thanos of Greece after Niikoloz Basilashvili and Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled out from their singles. Metreveli even gave him a scare by taking the first set, but the Pole held off the spirited Georgian.

Hurkacz got better as the tournament progressed and a 6-1, 6-4 drubbing of Diego Schwartzman was one of his highlights of the tournament. He was also very good in the semifinal rubber against Roberto Bautista Agut, but went down fighting in a thrilling three-setter.

Now into his fourth Australian Open, can he finally make an impact in the tournament?

Gerasimov Can Be a Difficult Opponent to Beat

Over the last two years,  Gerasimov has beaten higher-ranked opponents in the first round of Australian Open. In 2020, it was Casper Ruud who lost to the Belarusian in five, while in 2021, it was Benoit Paire, whowas beaten in four. Is Gerasimov setting himself up for a similar upset this year?

Ranked No. 106th in the world, Gerasimov is coming off a decent showing in Adelaide. Having reached the main draw of Adelaide 1 after winning both his qualifying rounds, he went on to score wins over Márton Fucsovics in the first round and Gianluca Mager in the second round to reach the last eight of the season opener. His run eventually ended with a straight sets defeat to Karen Khachanov.

Gerasimov also made it to the main draw of Adelaide-2, coming through the qualifiers, but couldn’t beat Mager a second time in the year, going down in three.

The 29-year-old was 16-24 last year, with his best performance coming in Montpellier, where he was a semifinalist.

Hurkacz v Gerasimov Prediction and Tip

Hurkacz will be the favourite to win the battle between the two 6’5″ players and advance to the next round.

Tip: Evans to win in straight sets: 5/6 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2022 Australian will be played from January 17 to 30. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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