The finalists for this year’s ATP Delray Beach Open are 20-year-old Sebastian Korda and World No.35 Hubert Hurkacz. Will the 20-year-old American’s fairytale run here end with his first title? Or will the slightly more experienced Pole prevail? We share our thoughts on the upcoming Delray Beach Open final.
ATP Delray Beach Open Final Prediction
Sebastian Korda vs Hubert Hurkacz
Head-to-head: First meeting
Hubert Hurkacz has had a fine start to his 2021 season and is yet to drop a set all week. Though it can be said the Pole has not had any serious competition or had to play any players in a similar calibre in any of his matches, as the highest ranked player he played was Daniel Elahi Galan ranked #115 in the world.
This will be Sebastian Korda’s first ATP final appearance, and certainly not his last. His Delray Beach campaign started off with victories over Kwon Soon-woo and compatriot Tommy Paul. Korda looked particularly impressive in the quarterfinals against No.1 American John Isner, as the 20-year-old had to dig deep and find a way through in a roller-coaster three set battle. Many expected Korda to fall in the semifinals hurdle against Cameron Norrie; however, he proved his doubters wrong and beat Norrie comfortably in straight sets.
Both players have no apparent injury from their previous matches, so should not struggling physically except fatigue. Korda will be coming with exceptional belief has he beaten two top 100 players this week, but will need to find a way to cope with the ‘first-time final’ nerves. Hurkacz, on the other hand, has already won a title in his career, so he’s been there and done that. Expect a close match, but with Hurkacz pulling through.
Prediction: Hurkacz in 3
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