ATP Halle Open 2021: Felix Auger-Aliassime Vs Hubert Hurkacz Preview, Head-to-head & Prediction

Published 06/14/2021, 7:41 AM EDT
Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during the doubles semifinal on day 6 of the Rolex Paris Masters, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament held behind closed doors at AccorHotels Arena formerly known as Paris Bercy on November 7, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)


With the 2021 Halle Open underway, Felix Auger-Aliassime will face off against Hubert Hurkacz in the opening round of the ATP 500 event. The beautiful lawns of Halle are one of the pit stops leading up to the Wimbledon Championships, starting at the end of the month.

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The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime started off his grass-court season on an incredible note, finishing as the runner-up at the Stuttgart Open.

On the other side, Hurkacz suffered a second-round loss at the Stuttgart Open, losing to Dominic Stricker in watertight two sets. However, the Polish tennis player has won two titles this year including his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 trophy at the Miami Open.

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 18, 2021 Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Hubert Hurkacz head-to-head

The duo has met just once, with Auger-Aliassime leading 1-0 in the rivalry. The match happened in the Round of 32 at the 2019 Miami Open, a clash Auger-Aliassime won in straight sets. However, the upcoming encounter will be their first on a grass court.

Auger-Aliassime vs Hubert Hurkacz prediction

Having defeated the likes of Lloyd Harris, Ugo Humbert, and Sam Querrey last week, Auger-Aliassime is in imperious form and high on confidence. But the Canadian has been struggling mentally to win in the finals, having tasted defeat in all his eight finals appearances.

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Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland hits a forehand against Andrey Rublev of Russia (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While Hurkacz had success during the opening three months of the season, he has struggled during the entire clay-court swing. However, the 6ft 5 inches tall player possesses a monstrous service which is even more lethal on the grass court. Last week at Stuttgart, he hammered down 11 aces, a number he would want to increase to enhance his winning odds.

This could be a power-packed tight contest, given the surface is suited to both players’ game styles. However, Auger-Aliassime would have a slight edge going into the match. The match will be live-streamed at Bet365, so catch the action there!

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Prediction: Felix Auger-Aliassime to win in three sets.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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