Fixture: (1) Hubert Hurkacz vs Benjamin Bonzi
Date: February 26, 2023
Tournament: Open 13 Provence 2023
Venue: Marseille, France
Category: ATP 250
Surface: Indoor Hardcourt
Prize money: €707,510
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | Canada - TSN | India - Discovery/Tennis TV
Hubert Hurkacz vs Benjamin Bonzi preview
The World No. 11 hasn't been at his imperious best in the ATP 250 event. After needing three sets to see off Leandro Riedi in his campaign opener, Hurkacz had to save match points against Mikael Ymer before reaching the last four.
The Pole finally lived up to his billing as the top seed, ending the inspired run of Alexander Bublik in straight sets in the semi-finals. In the process, he improved to 9-4 on the season and reached his first final in 2023.
Meanwhile, the 60th-ranked Bonzi has dropped only one set - against Maxime Cressy in the second round - in four matches this week to reach his second career singles final.
The 2023 Pune finalist is now 10-6 for the season and will return to the top 50 next week.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Benjamin Bonzi head-to-head
The two players have never met before on the ATP Tour, so their head-to-head record stands at 0-0. In their only meeting on the Challenger Tour, Hurkacz beat Bonzi in straight sets in the 2018 Brest quarterfinals.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Benjamin Bonzi odds
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Hubert Hurkacz vs Benjamin Bonzi prediction
Hubert Hurkacz made a good start to the year, reaching the inaugural United Cup semifinals with Poland and making the Australian Open fourth round last month.
Following an early exit in Rotterdam last week, the 26-year-old Pole is into his seventh career final, going 5-1 in title matches. However, he will have his task cut out against home favorite Benjamin Bonzi, who is in his second title match of the year.
On paper, this is Hurkacz's match to lose, as he has a superior all-court game complemented by a powerful serve and accurate groundstrokes. However, Bonzi has been the more in-form player this week in Marseille.
Nevertheless, the Frenchman's relative inexperience could be his undoing, and he could fall short in another title match in 2023.
Prediction: Hurkacz in straight sets