This will be the first time these two players will play against each other.
Hubert Hurkacz and Adrian Mannarino discovered the Rotterdam ATP 500 last year and both lost in the first round.
The Polish lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas, while the French lost to Pablo Carreno Busta. They both lost in 3 sets after winning the only tiebreak of the match. Copiers.
Hubert Hurkacz was never really comfortable in these indoor conditions. Indeed, since 2018, he has participated in 12 indoor tournaments and has only reached the quarter-finals once. He was in Montpellier this week and was eliminated at the beginning against Davidovich Fokina.
This is interesting as Adrian Mannarino has a little more facility in these conditions. As proof, last year he made a quarter-final (Cologne 2), a semifinal (Sofia) and a final (Nur-Sultan).
Yet, tennistically speaking, Hubert Hurkacz seems to me well placed to defeat the French. It must be said that he has everything he needs to win against him. The Polish has indeed a big first ball allowing him to win a lot of free points on it. Adrian Mannarino leaves a lot more possibilities on his commitments, and Hurkacz likes to attack as soon as he comes back (which should often make the Frenchman uncomfortable).
In the rallies, Adrian Mannarino knows how to be regular and find excellent areas. Here again, Hubert Hurkacz will have his say as he moves rather well laterally for a big dadais like him. Let’s also add that the Frenchman can tend to lack power in his strikes. This may allow Hubert Hurkacz to take the time to let go of his powerful forehand.
Nevertheless, the Polish will have to find good sensations and quickly forget Montpellier. Indeed, his performance during this previous tournament was quite horrible. He made far too many faults and lacked efficiency on his seconds. Concerning this first point, the fact that Adrian Mannarino hits less hard than his previous opponent (Davidovich Fokina) could play in his favor.
Finally, an information that can also benefit Hubert Hurkacz: the Polish has already played 10 matches against left-handed players (since 2019 in ATP tournaments) and has lost only once. It was the only match played on clay.
Hubert Hurkacz, for an elimination in the 2nd round against Stefanos Tsitsipas? That’s prediction.
Prediction: Hubert Hurkacz wins