2021 Miami Open Men’s Final – Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz taking place? Miami Gardens, Florida, USA

When is Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz on and what time does it start? Sunday 4th April, 2021 – not before 18:00 (UK)

What surface is Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz being played on? Hard (outdoor)

Where can I get tickets for Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz? Visit this link for the latest ticket information

What channel is Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform. Subscribers of Tennis TV can also stream the match live

THE LOWDOWN

JANNIK SINNER

  • 19-year-old Jannik Sinner looks well able to break the top 10 by the end of this season if he continues in this form and took out the impressive Roberto Bautista Agut for a second time in three weeks to reach the Miami Open final on debut.
  • The Italian has, incredibly, never lost a final with two ATP 250 titles won at the 2020 Sofia Open and the Great Ocean Road Open earlier this year as well as the 2019 ATP Next Gen Finals.

HUBERT HURKACZ

  • World number 37 Hubert Hurkacz backed up his defeat of second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals by beating world number eight Andrey Rublev in straight sets to reach his maiden Masters final.
  • 24-year-old Hurkacz won the 2020 Paris Masters Men’s Doubles final alongside Felix Auger-Aliassime but had previously never made it past the quarter-finals in the Singles draw of a Masters event or higher.

THE PREDICTION

Jannik Sinner versus Hubert Hurkacz is a joyfully unlikely final here at the Miami Open and one that will drastically change the lives of either player. Both players have two ATP 250 titles to their name already but a Masters event is a mark of true excellence and many of the biggest names on the tour right now are yet to win one, like Sinner and Hurkacz’ respective semi-final opponents Roberto Bautista Agut and Andrey Rublev. What is more, the pair have never faced each other before like Bianca Andreescu and Ashleigh Barty in the Women’s Final, but they have played alongside each other at two tournaments this year. Hurkacz won the Paris Masters Men’s Doubles last November with Felix Auger-Aliassime before joining forces with Sinner this season at the Great Ocean Road Open and the Dubai Open, so both players will have a good understanding of each other’s games.

A winner looks incredibly tough to call in this first ever meeting. 24-year-old Hurkacz has Masters final experience from Paris, though not on his own, and has definitely taken the harder route to get here having vanquished Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas before him, whilst Sinner is probably just about the favourite in terms of ability but finds himself in a massive occasion. The teenager is through to the Miami Open final on debut and even his clearly steely mentality should find moments of self-doubt in this match. It is also true that we have seen plenty of these small moments in Hurkacz’s Miami Open campaign, though, and that should see plenty of momentum shifts in this final. Taking this to go to a deciding set seems a reasonable option considering what is at stake and then, if pushed for a winner, Sinner should be able to cope with a possible wobble to beat the Pole in three.

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