Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz
ATP Miami 2021 - Apr, 4th 2021.
FINAL

0 - 2
674-7  46 
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Closing odds - money line

-151
+220

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MATCH PREVIEW

Another Week, Another Unlikely Winner

What is it with the ATP tour at present? The past few weeks have seen tournament wins for Nikoloz Basilashvili and Aslan Karatsev, now we have two more unlikely finalists in the Miami Open. The number 21 seed Jannik Sinner takes on Hubert Hurkacz, who is seeded five places below him.

We started this Masters event with players such as Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Rublev and Shapovalov, so how did we get this final? Both players may be outside the top 20 seeds but are chasing a second tournament victory of the year. Ok things may well change when Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal get back on court, but it's refreshing to see new tournament winners.

Jannik Sinner didn't play for losing finalists Italy in the ATP Cup at the start of this year. He won the 2019 NextGen tournament beating Alex de Minaur in the final. He's now beginning to show his potential on the main ATP tour. His rise up the rankings began with a run to the quarter final of the French Open and a semi-final in Cologne.

2020 ended with a tournament win in Sofia and the new year saw him make it two in a row with victory in Melbourne. After a couple of disappointing results, Sinner reached the last eight in Marseille and Dubai. All good preparation for this tournament and taking him to 31st in the rankings. He's moved up another gear in Miami.

His only previous appearance in a Masters event saw him get to the third round of the Italian Open last year. This is his debut in the Miami Masters and what a debut! Sinner beat Hugo Gaston in his first match and then took on 14th seed Karen Khachanov who he'd beaten on the way to winning in Melbourne. He dropped the first set to Khachanov but bounced back to get the win.

The quarter finals saw him get a straight sets win over 32nd seed Alexander Bublik. His toughest task came in the last four when taking on number seven seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Again he lost the first set but fought back to get the win. This isn't just an example of a player having a great week and getting to a final. Sinner had already beaten Agut in Dubai last month.

Shock after Shock after Shock

Hubert Hurkacz is his opponent in this final and ranked 37th in the world. The Pole had only made one final before this year. That was in Winston-Salem two years ago in an ATP 250 event. There were signs last year that he could climb high in the rankings. He had wins over Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzmann, and Andrey Rublev.

This year got off to a great start for Hurkacz with a win in the Delray Beach Open. A quarter final followed in Melbourne but he lost a five setter to Mikael Ymer in the first round of the Australian Open. Only two matches were won in his next three tournaments, so a run to this final wasn't that expected.

Hurkacz won his first two matches in straight sets. That included knocking out sixth seeded Denis Shapovalov who had beaten him in Dubai. His first set was dropped in the fourth round as he came from a set down to beat another Canadian, Milos Raonic who was seeded 12th. The shocks continued as Hurkacz beat second seeded Stefanos Tsitispas in the quarters (again losing the first set) and then ultra-consistent fourth seed Andrey Rublev in the last four.

This is the first time these two players have faced each other. A three-setter looks likely here and Hurkacz looks to be the one to back to win the title.

 

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