TennisSection previews the 2023 United Cup as Hubert Hurkacz takes on Alexander Bublik in the group stages on Sunday, January 1, 2023.
Will Hubert Hurkacz get the win? Will Alexander Bublik pull off the upset? This will be a fascinating one, where we have the World No. 10 looking to get his first win of the season. Who will triumph and claim the victory for their country at the 2023 United Cup?
Hubert Hurkacz had a solid year in 2022, and I expect the quick conditions here at the United Cup to favor his big serving. Although Alexander Bublik is a big server himself, Hurkacz has the tools to be able to work around tough matches like this and I expect him to play the game we know and get the win for Poland here at the 2023 United Cup.
Alexander Bublik got his maiden title back in 2022, but it’ll still be quite the task to take on Poland’s No. 1 in Hubert Hurkacz. He’ll have to play the points very quickly, focusing on serving big and playing aggressively. The longer the rallies become, the less I favor him. Let’s see if he’ll be able to play his best tennis and manage to pull off the upset for Kazakhstan at the 2023 United Cup.
Hubert Hurkacz and Alexander Bublik have met four times before, with Hubert Hurkacz leading the head-to-head 3-1. The one win Bublik got over Hurkacz was in 2020, before Hurkacz’s explosion as a top player. Since then, Hurkacz has been rock solid in this matchup and I expect him to continue to do so as he looks to get his first win of the season at the 2023 United Cup.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Hubert Hurkacz in 3 sets.
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