Miami Open 2021 Final: Jannik Sinner vs Hubert Hurkacz – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 04/03/2021, 3:05 AM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after match point against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Open 2021 will see a maiden Masters 1000 champion in an unexpected finale of the tournament. 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner will take on the Polish No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz for the title.

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Both the promising players deserve a shot at the title because they have earned their place in the finals through their earnest hard work and formidable confidence.

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Miami Open 2021 Final: Preview

To reach the last round, Jannik Sinner outlived Hugo Gaston, Karen Khachanov (14), Emil Ruusuvuori, Alexander Bublik (32), and Roberto Bautista Agut (7). Funnily enough, Bublik told the Italian teenager that he was “not human” after losing to him.

Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland salutes the crowd after his match 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

However, Hubert Hurkacz survived a much more difficult draw than his next opponent. He defeated Denis Kudla, Denis Shapovalov (6), Milos Raonic (12), Stefanos Tsitsipas (2), and Andrey Rublev (4) to make it to the final.

Additionally, Sinner is the fourth player after Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic to reach the Miami Open final as a teenager. and Hurkacz is the first Polish talent to qualify for a Masters final after 2012.

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Sinner vs Hurkacz: Head-to-Head

The 2021 Miami Open final is the first time Sinner and Hurkacz will meet on a tennis court. Unquestionably, there could not be a better stage for them than the Sunshine Masters tournament. On an interesting note, they experienced what it was playing as doubles at the Dubai Open this year.

Sinner vs Hurkacz: Prediction

The 24-year-old Polish professional has a big serve and has used it effectively in Miami. Previously, he had an underlying issue with consistency, but that does not seem to be the case in 2021.

Hurkacz also strategizes his game to put his opponent in the defensive zone behind the baseline. Afterward, he swiftly moves forward and dominates the flow of the point. Above all, his menacing artillery is his power, which will be seen in Miami for one last time this year.

Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy waves to the crowd after his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike Hurkacz, Sinner is more of an all-court player who requires long rallies to find his way in the point. However, he will run toe-to-toe against the Polish in terms of power.

The Italian teenager has the undying spirit of a competitor. Even though he looks out of breath and energy, he does not stop until the last minute.

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Both of them have one hand on the trophy already. But to win the Masters final, they will need to come up with something special. Whoever ends up the winner, a night full of talent, technique, and tennis will be on display in Miami one more time on 4 April 2021.

Prediction: Sinner to pull off a miracle in a three-setter finale.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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