Miami Open 2023, Day 7: Men's Singles predictions ft. Hubert Hurkacz vs Adrian Mannarino
The seventh day of main-draw action at the 2023 Miami Open on Monday (March 27) will feature eight third-round matches. Seven seeds and one qualifier will be in action.
The likes of second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, fifth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz, and 12th seed Frances Tiafoe will grace the courts.
Without further ado, here's a look at how the following four third-round matches at the Miami Open could pan out on Monday:
#1 Hubert Hurkacz (Miami Open 8th seed) vs Adrian Mannarino
Eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz will take on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino for a place in the Miami Open fourth round.
The ninth-ranked Hurkacz survived five match points in his opener against Thanasi Kokkinakis to improve to 14-6 on the season. Meanwhile, World No. 62 Mannarino is 11-7 in 2023 after surviving three sets in the first two rounds.
Hurkacz has won two of the pair's three previous meetings - all on hardcourts - and should prevail again.
Prediction: Hurkacz in straight sets.
#2 (14) Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Lehecka
Fourteenth seed Karen Khachanov will take on the unseeded Jiri Lehecka in the Miami Open third round.
World No. 16 Khachanov improved to 10-5 in 2023 after winning his opener against Tomas Martin Etcheverry. Meanwhile, the 44th-ranked Lehecka is 14-6 on the season after two straight-set wins this week.
The pair haven't met before, but expect Khachanov to take this one.
Prediction: Khachanov in three sets.
#3 Christopher Eubanks vs Gregoire Barrere
Qualifier Christopher Eubanks will lock horns with Gregoire Barrere for a place in the Miami Open fourth round.
The World No. 119 Eubanks is now 4-5 in 2023 after downing Denis Kudla and 17th seed Borna Coric this week. Meanwhile, the 65th-ranked Barrere beat Roman Safiullin and 11th seed Cameron Norrie to improve to 7-6 on the season.
The two players haven't met before, but expect Eubanks to ride home support and prevail.
Prediction: Eubanks in three sets.
#4 Quentin Halys vs Mackenzie McDonald
Quentin Halys will take on Mackenzie McDonald in an all-unseeded third-round matchup.
The 79th-ranked Halys beat Pedro Martinez and 15th seed Alex de Minaur to improve to 6-8 in 2023. Meanwhile, World No. 55 McDonald beat Daniel Elahi Galan and 19th seed Matteo Berrettini and is now 14-7 on the season.
The two players haven't met before, but the American is expected to prevail.
Prediction: McDonald in three sets.