TennisSection previews the 2022 ATP Cup as Hubert Hurkacz takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili on Day 3 on Monday, January 3rd, 2021.
Will Nikoloz Basilashvili come out and get a top 10 win under his belt early on in the 2022 season as he aims to show us his best tennis? Will Hubert Hurkacz make easy work of yet another opponent here as he aims to give Team Poland a chance in this group? Both players know they can win this match, but only one will get the vital point for their country at the 2022 ATP Cup. Who will it be?
Nikoloz Basilashvili had a tough day to start his 2022 ATP Cup campaign, losing quite easily to Diego Schwartzman in straight sets 6-1 6-2. Nikoloz is a great player on his day, with some amazing depth of shot and accuracy down the lines. However, Nikoloz Basilashvili also has some issues with his performances at times due to his streakiness as a player. Basilashvili can go on amazing winning streaks, which are then followed by losing streaks, and then again on a winning streak. This inconsistency helps him at times get some titles which we did not expect, but also prevents him from ever getting as far as he could. Now that he meets a top 10 player in Hubert Hurkacz, will we see a good or bad Nikoloz?
Hubert Hurkacz did not meet Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening match at the 2022 ATP Cup, but rather met Aristotelis Thanos. Hurkacz made very easy work of the Greek, winning in straight sets 6-1 6-2. Hurkacz knows that he played very well, but he would have also liked to play against Tsitsipas to get some competitive minutes against a fellow top 10 player. Hubert Hurkacz will now come out here knowing that it won’t be as easy a match as he meets Nikoloz Basilashvili. However, he will take some confidence from the fact that Diego destroyed Nikoloz just a few days ago.
Hubert Hurkacz and Nikoloz Basilashvili have met 1 time before, with Hubert Hurkacz leading the head to head 1-0. They met earlier this year in similar hot hard court conditions in Toronto, where Hurkacz won in 3 tight sets. Nikoloz was on a bit of a roll back then, which was why he was able to keep the match so tight. However, even on a roll, Hurkacz got the better of him. Here at the 2022 ATP Cup, Hurkacz seems ready to go, whilst Nikoloz seems a bit rusty. I expect for a straight forward win for Hubert as he gets yet another good point for Team Poland at the 2022 ATP Cup.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Hubert Hurkacz in 2 Sets.
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