TennisSection previews the 2021 Miami Open as Andrey Rublev (4) meets Hubert Hurkacz (26) in the Semi-finals on Friday, April 2nd 2021.
Will Hubert Hurkacz continue his amazing run of form here in Dubai, by causing even more upsets left, right, and centre? Will Andrey Rublev see this as a free run to the title as now all the biggest threats to him winning the title have been knocked out of the tournament? Both players have been in great form here at the 2021 Miami Open, but only one will book a spot in the Final. Who will it be?
Hubert Hurkacz put on a superb comeback performance on Thursday, beating the very in form and determined Stefanos Tsitsipas. Hurkacz lost the first set easily, but was able to maintain his composure in the second set when he was 2-0 down to comeback and win the match 2-6/6-3/6-4. Hurkacz showed us that although he was slower at moving around the court than Tsitsipas, he was able to outpower the Greek, eventually wearing him down and taking advantage of a tired opponent. Hurkacz will now have to face probably his toughest challenge all week here in Miami, and he will have to ensure he is at his absolute best if he is to even think of beating Andrey Rublev and making the Final on Sunday.
Andrey Rublev is yet to lose a set here in Miami, cruising through all of his matches in style. Rublev faced his toughest test on Thuesday in the Quarter-finals, beating the very in form Sebastian Korda in straight sets 7-5/7-6(7). Rublev will be feeling extremely confident in his ability to win the title here in Miami now as both Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been knocked out of the tournament, his two biggest threats here. Rublev will not want to give up this big opportunity to get himself to the Final, and more likely than not, win his maiden ATP Masters 1000 tournament. Rublev will still have to be absolutely on top of his game if he is to beat the in form Hubert Hurkacz on Friday.
Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz have met once before, with Hubert Hurkacz leading the head to head 1-0. They met at the Masters 1000 in Rome where Hurkacz won in 3 sets 7-6(6)/3-6/6-2. Although Hurkacz won, I remember watching that match knowing that Rublev had been the better player all week, but had just let his guard down here due to the fatigue coming right off a win in Hamburg. However, now I do not see Hurkacz standing a chance against an even more improved Andrey Rublev. Rublev is the man of the moment, and he will not let anyone stand in his way as he looks to win his maiden ATP 1000 title here at the 2021 Miami Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Andrey Rublev to Win.