TennisSection previews the 2022 Halle Open as Daniil Medvedev takes on Hubert Hurkacz in the final on Sunday, June 19th, 2022.
Following his return to World No. 1, Daniil Medvedev will have the chance to put a capstone to that monumental achievement when he battles Poland’s finest in Hubert Hurkacz. Who will walk away with the Halle Open crown on Sunday?
Daniil Medvedev is yet to win a title this season, but he is inching ever closer to break his duck in 2022. So far, the Russian star has been on the losing end on two occasions – finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in which he blew a two-sets-to-love lead and then shockingly to relatively unknown Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven at last week’s Rosmalen Championships. Medvedev will be hoping it is not a case of déjà vu at the Halle Open where he has battled his way into the final without dropping a set. The 26-year-old came through a tricky semifinal against home favorite Oscar Otte, beating the in-form German 7-6 6-3.
Hubert Hurkacz, meanwhile, produced box office entertainment with opponent Nick Kyrgios in a high-quality semifinal. Hurkacz has been the tiebreak specialist at the Halle Open, keeping up his record of winning all five tiebreak sets he has played this week thus far. He came from a set down to defeat the mercurial Aussie 4-6 7-6 7-6, without needing to break Kyrgios’ serve in the match. It follows up a second successive outing in which the Pole has not broken his opponents serve. But if he keeps winning tiebreaks that would not give him second thoughts whatsoever.
The head-to-head between Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz is tied at 2-2. Hurkacz won the pair’s only meeting on grass at last year’s Wimbledon, defeating Medvedev in five sets in the Round of 16. The Pole will need to hit incredible numbers behind his first serve to emulate another mammoth win over the World No. 1. Against Kyrgios he served the joint-most aces with 27 – a personal best for him. Medvedev has been shaky this week, but not enough to crumble even under the stifling pressure in his semifinal. The Russian has been made to wait for his first title of the season, but Sunday at the Halle Open, seems like the opportune moment to win it.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to win in three sets.
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