Alexei Popyrin vs Max Purcell prediction and odds: Cincinnati Open 2023

Two Australians will face each other in the last qualifying round for a spot in the main draw at the Cincinnati Open.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Alexei Popyrin vs Max Purcell – match predictions

Alexei Popyrin is considered the favorite in this match since he has a better ranking. Purcell is not impressed by that and will seek his chance to book his ticket for the main draw.

Max Purcell to win

Both players are hoping to reach the main draw which may set the tone for the rest of the season. Popyrin has never qualified in his three previous tries while Purcell is first time in Cincinnati. Purcell had a solid run in Toronto last week and is definitely in better shape that Popyrin. Given the odds, it is worth going with Purcell in this match.

First set over 10.5 games

Both players have excellent serves and Purcell mainly depends on this shot. Given the importance of this match, both players will bring their best game to the court and it will be a match without many break opportunities that will lead the opening set over 10.5 games.

Alexei Popyrin vs Max Purcell preview

This will be the first match between the Australian who both hope to reach the main draw at the Western & Southern Open.

Alexei Popyrin

Alexei Popyrin is enjoying his highest career ranking at No. 56 in the world. The 24-year-old is 32-21 for the season and 14-10 on hard.

In the first qualifying round in Cincinnati, Popyrin defeated Ilya Ivashka 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. He is coming off a successful week as he won the Croatian Open in Umag. Popyrin defeated Stan Wawrinka in the final and previously went past Arnaldi, Prizmic, Ofner and Bonzi.

Among Popyrin’s better results this season is reaching the third round at the Australian Open where he defeated Chun Sing Tseng and Taylor Fritz before losing to Ben Shelton. Popyrin also made it to the round of 16 in Rome where he lost to Holger Rune.

Max Purcell

Purcell is 78th in the rankings and his career-high is No. 62. The 25-years-old is 43-17 for the season and 37-10 on hard.

He is coming off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the first qualifying round against Luca Van Assche. Last week, Purcell reached the second round in Toronto where he lost to Andy Murray in three sets. Before that, he had an impressive straight sets win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Purcell has won three lower level tournaments this season in Pune, Bangalore and Chennai.

Alexei Popyrin vs Max Purcell head to head

This will be the first match between Popyrin and Purcell.

Cincinnati Open
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Alexei Popyrin vs Max Purcell match details

  • When will the match between Popyrin vs Purcell be played? The match is scheduled for August 13 at 17:00 GMT.
  • Who is the favorite in the match between Popyrin vs Purcell? Given the odds, Popyrin is the favorite to win this match.
  • Who is the defending champion of the Western & Southern Open? Borna Coric won the Western & Southern Open last year.

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