Date: 13 January 2021
Tournament: Delray Beach Open 2021
Venue: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
Category: ATP 250
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: $349,530
Match timing: Not before 3 pm local time, 1.30 am IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel
Hubert Hurkacz vs Sebastian Korda preview
Hubert Hurkacz, the fourth seed at Delray Beach Open 2021, has been in impressive form this week. The 23-year-old hasn't dropped a set so far, making the final with three straight-sets wins.
Hurkacz came up against Chris Harrison in the semifinal, and ended up winning 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach his second career ATP singles final. He won his maiden singles title on tour last year, defeating Benoit Paire in the Winston-Salem Open final.
On the other hand, USA's Sebastian Korda, who faces Hurkacz in the Delray Open final, has not had nearly as straightforward a path as the Pole. Two of Korda's four matches went to three sets, but he fought hard to knock out seeded players in Tommy Paul and John Isner.
Korda looked in excellent touch in the semifinal, claiming a 6-3, 7-5 win over Britain's Cameron Norrie. The 20-year-old won the Junior Australian Open in 2018, which shows his prowess on hardcourts.
This is Korda's maiden ATP singles final.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Sebastian Korda head-to-head
Hubert Hurkacz and Sebastian Korda have not faced off on tour before, so their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Sebastian Korda prediction
While Hubert Hurkacz has been impressive throughout the tournament, Sebastian Korda has looked increasingly dangerous as it has progressed. Both players enjoy playing on hardcourt, so this will likely be a match of fine margins.
Hurkacz will rely on his big serve and powerful groundstrokes against the American. And Korda, who employs an aggressive style of play, will hope to use his smooth timing to claim his maiden ATP title on Wednesday.
This promises to be an exciting encounter, but the younger man might just have an edge given the fact that he has been tested more this week.
Prediction: Sebastian Korda to win in three sets.Published 13 Jan 2021, 13:20 IST