Dominic Thiem of Austria, seeded third, will play Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the second round of the ATP Miami Masters on Friday, March 22. The match is scheduled for 11 am local time (7 pm BST) and you can find the Dominic Thiem v Hubert Hurkacz live streaming options here.
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Dominic Thiem v Hubert Hurkacz Head to Head
The two have never met before – this will be the first encounter between Thiem, the world number four, and the Pole, ranked fifty places below him.
Thiem in Seventh Heaven after Indian Wells Win
Thiem comes into this tournament off the back of picking up his 12th senior ATP title in Indian Wells, having beaten Roger Fderer in the final last Sunday. That has propelled him back to equal his highest ever world ranking of four, and he will be looking to consolidate that with another run into the latter stages of the tournament here.
Seeded three for the event due to the absence of Rafael Nadal, the big question will be how much have his exertions in California taken out of him. History suggests that it is difficult to go deep into both tournaments because of the physical and mental toll exacted.
What makes it interesting for him is his opponent has had a brilliant run himself at the Indian Wells Masters. That could just level terms for the two.
Hurkacz has continued California form into Florida
Due to the prolonged rain in Miami, Hurkacz has been only one of a handful of players so far to have completed their first round match, beating Matteo Berrettini in straight sets on Wednesday.
That was the latest in a series of impressive results which has seen him beat Kei Nishikori twice in successive tournaments including at Dubai, as well as reach the quarter-finals in Indian Wells.
He showed in that event that he is not scared to go toe-to-toe with the biggest names in the sport, so, if Thiem is feeling any ill-effects after his efforts in California, he will be ready to take full advantage. That said, the same could be the reason for Hurkacz to struggle as well, given he’s been playing for some time.
Thiem v Hurkacz Predictions & Tips
Thiem will start odds-on favourite for the match at 1/3, whilst you can get 3/1 on Hurkacz (bet365) . The winner of Indian Wells should progress here, but he would do well not to underestimate the Pole.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/5 (betway)
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