TennisSection previews the 2022 Madrid Open as Hubert Hurkacz takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022.
Will Hubert Hurkacz get the win? Will Alejandro Davidovich Fokina pull off the upset? This will be a fascinating one, where we have one of the best players in the world coming up against a home favorite in adverse conditions on the red clay. Who will triumph and move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Madrid Open?
Hubert Hurkacz has quite the tough one ahead of him as he aims to adapt to the clay. He takes on Spanish next-gen star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the Monte-Carlo finalist and a guy in superb form. With his home crowd behind him, you’d say he’s the favorite, but an upset it would be none the less without a doubt in terms of stature. Hurkacz can certainly win this one, if any clay court will suit his game, it’s without a doubt Madrid, but ultimately the defense and consistency and underlying aggression in the ADF game will prevail and book the Spaniard his spot in the Round of 16 at the 2022 Madrid Open.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has been playing some great tennis, and while you might expect him to pull off the upset here, it will not be easy by any means. Hubert Hurkacz has a lot of weapons, it’ll be more difficult for Hurkacz to hurt ADF on the clay, but he can still do it and I by no means expect a straightforward match from either side of the net. Hurkacz will need to play aggressively, and if he can maintain a high level of serving then I think he can be competitive as he aims to stay alive at the 2022 Madrid Open.
Hubert Hurkacz and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have met three times before, with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina leading the head to head 2-1. It’s an interesting head to head to debunk, with ADF winning their first 2 meetings on the hard courts and their 3rd meeting going to a 3rd set. As Hurkacz was certainly considered the better player in every match, it’s very possible that there’s a potential matchup issue, especially as we head to the clay. Let’s see what Davidovich Fokina can do in front of his home crowd at the 2022 Madrid Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Davidovich Fokina to win in 3 sets.
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