Hurkacz vs Martinez: prediction for the Australian Open match
Hubert Hurkacz faces Pedro Martinez in the first-round match of the 2023 Australian Open. Who will progress to the next round? Here's our prediction.
Hubert Hurkacz has played four matches at the United Cup at the beginning of 2023. During the group stage, the Polish tennis player defeated Alexander Bublik and Stan Wawrinka. In the playoffs, he lost to Matteo Berrettini and Taylor Fritz. Last year, Hurkacz won only one trophy - he outplayed Daniil Medvedev in the final of the grass-court Halle Open.
Pedro Martinez got off to a decent start in the new year - the Spaniard reached the quarterfinals of the Maharashtra Open, where he lost to Aslan Karatsev. Last season, Martinez won one trophy - he celebrated success at the clay-court tournament in Santiago. In the final, he defeated Sebastian Baez. At the 2022 Australian Open, the Spaniard got only to the second round.
СтавкаTie-break - yes
Hurkacz played 4 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
Ставка1st set: total under 9.5 games
3 of Martinez's last 5 matches had fewer than 9 games in the first set.
Hurkacz feels confident on fast courts, and he has already defeated Bublik and Wawrinka in Australia this year. We believe the Polish player will make a deep run at the current tournament.
Our prediction - handicap (-8) to Hurkacz
The only meeting on hard between the tennis players ended in two sets. We expect the upcoming match to end quickly, as well. Hurkacz approaches the Australian Open in excellent shape, and he should be able to defeat Martinez in straight sets.
Second prediction - total under 31 games