American Sebastian Korda will play against Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open 2023. The match will take place on January 22, starting at 03:00 GMT.
Australian Open 2023
|Hubert Hurkacz||vs||Sebastian Korda|
Date: January 22, 2023.
Tournament: Australian Open 2023.
Round: Fourth round (Round of 16).
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: A$76,500,000.
For the first time in his career, Hubert Hurkacz reached the fourth round at the Australian Major. The simplest so far for Hubert was the first round match against the Spaniard Pedro Martinez – 7:6, 6:2, 6:2.
After that, the Pole spent two five-set games. In the first, the tennis player beat the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who led 2-1 in sets. And in the third round, Khurkach stopped Denis Shapovalov.
The Polish tennis player took the first two sets, but the Canadian found the strength to move the game into the fifth game. Thanks to a super reliable serve game, Hurkacs took the decisive set with a score of 6:3.
Sebastian Korda, meanwhile, also won three matches in a row for the first time in Melbourne. Moreover, in the previous round the American stopped one of the favorites of the tournament.
Sebastian dealt well with Daniil Medvedev – 7:6, 6:4, 7:6. The Russian, as usual, ran a lot, fought, but did not understand why he could beat Korda, who with such tennis can easily reach the final.
In the second and third sets, the 22-year-old tennis player did not give up a single game on his serve. Korda was adamant on big points and managed to break up the fight in straight sets. The American will be looking to keep his form in the second week.
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Head to Head
Hubert Hurkach and Sebastian Korda met each other once. In their current head-to-head meetings, Korda leads (1-0) after beating his opponent in the final at Delray Beach last year.
|Hubert Hurkacz win 2.45||Sebastian Korda win 1.57|
Many were most likely impressed by Korda’s confident victory in the match with Medvedev, but the tennis player played just as cool at the beginning of the month in Adelaide.
Sebastian then lost in the decisive match to Novak Djokovic, but still showed great tennis. In general, this time it will be difficult for Hurkach.
In the match with Shapovalov, the opponent’s constant mistakes helped a lot. There won’t be so many gifts from Korda.
Prediction: Korda’s victory with a set handicap (-1.5).