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Hurkacz vs Munar Next Gen ATP Finals live streaming, preview and tips - Hurkacz and Munar target first win in Group A

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 6 Nov 2018
  • Hubert Hurkacz vs Jaume Munar is live from Milan at 2.00pm local time on Wednesday (1.00pm GMT)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Hubert Hurkacz (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Hubert Hurkacz and Jaume Munar square off for the first time on Wednesday as the pair go in search of their first win in Group A of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

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A crunch match awaits for both Hubert Hurkacz and Jaume Munar as they aim to keep their Next Gen ATP Finals knockout stage hopes alive when they clash in Group A on Wednesday in Milan.

The last two direct acceptances into the Next Gen ATP Finals draw, Hurkacz and Munar each lost their opening matches at the tournament in four sets on Tuesday to higher-ranked opposition and current ATP World Tour champions. Polish No. 1 Hurkacz mounted a brave comeback in his encounter with Delray Beach winner Frances Tiafoe, claiming the third set before pushing the American in an extended tiebreak before eventually succumbing 4-1 4-2 2-4 4-3(10) in one hour and 22 minutes. Munar meanwhile was tasked with taking on top seed, World No. 15 and Stockholm champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, taking the Greek to three tiebreaks but ultimately falling by a 4-3(5) 4-3(3) 3-4(4) 4-2 scoreline.

Ranked No. 238 in the world at the start of 2018, Hurkacz has put together an outstanding breakout season on tour, rising to a career-high ranking of No. 79 in October and arriving in Milan at No. 85, which will see him earn direct entry into a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at next year’s Australian Open.

Hurkacz first began his climb up the rankings with a runner-up showing at the Zhuhai Challenger in March, and after trying his hand at a couple of ATP events in qualifying, the 21-year-old qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at the French Open and scored his first tour-level win in the opening round over Tennys Sandgren before going down to Cilic in four sets. Hurkacz would go on to claim the Poznan Challenger title in his native Poland soon after, while he also featured in the Wimbledon main draw as a lucky loser, falling to Bernard Tomic in the opening round.

The 21-year-old would go on to qualify for the Cincinnati Masters before once again qualifying for a Grand Slam at the U.S. Open - and he achieved main draw success just as he did at the French Open, defeating Stefano Travaglia in the opening round, but unfortunately Cilic was waiting again in the second round, and he was subsequently trounced by a 2-6 0-6 0-6 scoreline. Hurkacz didn’t let the nature of that defeat faze him, bouncing back to make the quarter-finals of the Genova Challenger and qualifying for the Shanghai Masters before taking home his second Challenger title of the season in Brest, beating Ricardas Berankis in the final.

Jaume Munar (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Munar has also compiled a stellar season on tour to break into the top 100 for the first time. Starting the season by qualifying for his first Grand Slam main draw at the Australian Open (lost to Monfils in R1), Munar didn’t make much of an impact until April, when he was ranked No. 200 in the world. The Spaniard, who idolises Rafael Nadal and trains at his academy in Mallorca, unsurprisingly plays his best tennis on clay, and he began to make heads turn when he made the semi-finals at the Barletta Challenger, the second round of the ATP 500 meet in Barcelona (beating Joao Sousa before falling to Dominic Thiem) and winning his first Grand Slam match at the French Open, qualifying for the main draw before coming from behind to beat former runner-up and World No. 3 David Ferrer 3-6 3-6 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 7-5.


The 21-year-old continued his momentum on the Challenger tour immediately after his French Open campaign, picking up back-to-back titles in Prostejov and Caltanissetta to rise into the top 100 for the first time, while he also reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel. Proving that he can play on all surfaces, Munar went on to reach the third round at the Winston-Salem Open and beat Ruben Bemelmans to make the U.S. Open second round, where he bowed out in four sets to Diego Schwartzman. Munar lost his next four matches after departing New York, but he did make the quarter-finals of the Brest Challenger a couple of weeks ago as he regained some confidence ahead of the Next Gen ATP Finals.

It will be the first senior meeting between the pair in Milan, and as is the case with most matches at this tournament, it is shaping as a close encounter. Munar was particularly impressive against Tsitsipas on Tuesday, showcasing great fight and a willingness to engage from the baseline, stepping up and being aggressive when the right ball presents itself. Hurkacz also showed glimpses of top-tier tennis against Tiafoe and is the more natural hardcourt player of the pair. Who steps up and gives themselves the best possible chance to emerge from Group A?


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Hurkacz vs Munar Next Gen ATP Finals live streaming, preview and tips - Hurkacz and Munar target first win in Group A

Hubert Hurkacz and Jaume Munar square off for the first time on Wednesday as the pair go in search of their first win in Group A of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

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