Medvedev vs Hurkacz: prediction for the Miami Open match
Last year, Daniil Medvedev reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, where he was stopped by Roberto Bautista Agut (4-6, 2-6). The Russian will strive to improve his result in 2022. At the current Masters, he overcame Andy Murray (6-4, 6-2), Pedro Martinez (6-3, 6-4), and Jenson Brooksby (7-5, 6-1). In total, Medvedev has won 16 matches on hard courts since the start of the tour.
Hubert Hurkacz is the defending champion of the Miami Open. In 2021, he beat Jannik Sinner in the final match (7-6, 6-4). This year, the Polish athlete prevailed over Arthur Rinderknech (7-6, 6-2), Aslan Karatsev (7-5, 4-6, 6-3), and Lloyd Harris (7-6, 6-2). So far, Hurkacz's best result in 2022 is the quarterfinals in Dubai.
Medvedev hasn't played tie-breaks in his last 5 matches.
In the last 5 matches of Hurkacz, more than 9 games were played in the first set.
The meetings between Medvedev and Hurkacz are usually quite long. For example, they played five sets at Wimbledon last year, and three sets at the Toronto masters and the ATP Final Cup. We are predicting another close battle.
Our prediction - total over 22 games
Medvedev is the favourite, but we don't believe he will get an easy win here. We expect Hurkacz to put up a fight and suggest backing the Polish athlete with a positive handicap.
Second wager - handicap (+4) to Hurkacz