Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin prediction and odds: Cincinnati Open 2023

An interesting fixture is on the cards as Hubert Hurkacz and Alexei Popyrin battle for a place in the semifinal of the Western & Southern Open on Friday. Which of these players will be left standing at the end of this match?

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Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin – match predictions

As Hubert Hurkacz and Alexei Popyrin go head-to-head for the second time this year, these are our predictions and tips for this match

Hubert Hurkacz to win in straight sets

It’s important to point out that Alexei Popyrin made it through to this tournament as a lucky loser. Although the Australian player defeated Emil Ruusuvuori and Daniel Altmaier in the previous rounds of this tournament, he needed three sets to dispatch those players. On the other hand, Hubert Hurkacz is coming off an impressive straight sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas; he also has two wins in as many encounters with today’s opponent, with both victories coming in straight sets. On that note, we are backing Hurkacz to take this in minimum sets.

Less than 25 total games

Next, let’s take a look at the over/under games market. We’ve already established that these players met twice, and both meetings took place on this surface. Interestingly, both encounters featured less than 20 total games. Bearing that in mind, we believe that the 24.5 games line is a little too high; and previous skirmishes between these players went comfortably below 24 games, we are taking the under option for this match.

Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin preview

With our Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin predictions out of the way, let’s see how these players have fared in this competition.

Hubert Hurkacz

Hubert Hurkacz has taken on some tough opponents in this tournament; as he had to go through Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric in the previous two rounds. The Polish ace will be eyeing a semifinal spot, and he’ll fancy his chances against Alexei Popyrin.

Alexei Popyrin

On the other hand, Alexei Popyrin defeated Emil Ruusuvuori and Daniel Altmaier in the previous rounds of the Western & Southern Open; he has enjoyed some fine form these past few weeks, winning eight of his last nine matches (excluding walkovers). The Australian will hope to get his first victory over Hubert Hurkacz as he goes up against the Polish player today.

Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin head to head

These players will go up against each other for the third time today. Hubert Hurkacz and Alexei Popyrin previously met at the Indian Wells Open on two occasions, and the Polish player won both clashes in straight sets.

Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin match details

Aug 16, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; General view of of Center Court for the Serena Willams (USA) and Emma Raducanu (GBR) match at the Western & Southern Open at the at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA - Photo by Icon sport
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  • When will the Hurkacz vs Popyrin match start? This match is scheduled for 18:00 BST, on Friday 18th August.
  • On which court will this match be played? The Cincinnati Open’s Center Court will host these players.
  • Who do the bookies favour ahead of the Hubert Hurkacz vs Alexei Popyrin match? Hubert Hurkacz is the favourite to win this match.
  • Who won the last time these players met? Hubert Hurkacz, in straight sets.

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