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Tsitsipas vs Hurkacz ATP Marseille live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Tsitsipas aims to regroup in Marseille opener

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 20 Feb 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Hubert Hurkacz is live from Marseille at 7.00pm local time on Wednesday (6.00pm GMT)
  • Tsitsipas won their only previous meeting at the Next Gen ATP Finals at the end of 2018
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to recapture his best tennis after a difficult last couple of tournaments as he takes on fellow youngster Hubert Hurkacz in the second round of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille on Wednesday night.

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He’s only won one match since the Australian Open - can Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas avoid another early elimination when he faces Hubert Hurkacz in his Marseille opener on Wednesday night?

It was completely expected, but that doesn’t mean Tsitsipas hasn’t been under immense pressure after struggling to perform following his excellent run to a first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open last month, where he beat Roger Federer in a box office display before going down to Rafael Nadal. It’s perfectly normal for players, especially youngsters, to suffer a dip in form after such a monumental achievement, and now the task for Tsitsipas is figuring out a swift way out of his slump as he tries to steady the ship in Marseille this week.

Tsitsipas won his first match since the Australian Open when he beat Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening round of the Sofia Open a few weeks ago, but he lost his next match in straight sets to Gael Monfils, which in hindsight doesn’t look like the worst defeat after the Frenchman won the ATP 500 Rotterdam tournament last week. However, a three-set loss to the out-of-form Damir Dzumhur in the first round of Rotterdam was a poor display, and something the 20-year-old will want to bounce back from immediately.

Despite his struggles at the moment, Tsitsipas has proven over the last 12 months he’s a potential future slam champion, rising from outside the top 80 this time last year to a current mark of No. 12, with his highlights - apart from the Australian Open semi-finals - including winning his maiden ATP title in Stockholm, finishing runner-up at the Canada Masters and Barcelona Open and taking home the second edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan to close 2018.

One of the players Tsitsipas defeated on his run to the silverware in Milan was his Marseille opponent on Wednesday night.

Hubert Hurkacz (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Hubert Hurkacz won his first tour-level match of the season in his opening round in Marseille earlier in the week, taking out former Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic by a 6-3 6-2 scoreline. Hurkacz had previously lost in the opening round of Chennai, the Australian Open and Montpellier so far this season, although he did win the Canberra Challenger tournament just before Melbourne, taking out Jiri Vesely and Illya Ivashka on his way to the title.


Ranked No. 238 in the world at the start of 2018, Hurkacz put together an outstanding breakout season on tour last year, with the Polish player currently ranked No. 78 in the world after peaking at No. 73 at the end of January. Hurkacz first began his climb up the rankings with a runner-up showing at the Zhuhai Challenger in March last season, 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 Marin Cilic in four sets. Hurkacz would go on to claim the Poznan Challenger title in his native Poland soon after and continued his success in qualifying for big events, doing so in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open, where he reached the second round before running into Cilic again.

Hurkacz rounded out the season by making 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 and qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, where he was eliminated in the group stages.

Tsitsipas breezed past Hurkacz in there match in Milan, but this match promises to be a much closer affair as the Greek tries to shake off his post-Australian Open hangover. Sometimes we underestimate how hard it is to go from the euphoria of the whole world watching you beat Federer and make a major semi-final to playing in the early rounds of ATP 250 tournaments in front of nearly empty stadiums. But, in saying that, it’s been a month now, and life should be getting back to normal now. Hurkacz is a dangerous player with a big serve and forehand, but he hasn’t been great this season at tour-level, so this is a match Tsitsipas should win to restore some confidence.


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Tsitsipas vs Hurkacz ATP Marseille live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Tsitsipas aims to regroup in Marseille opener

Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to recapture his best tennis after a difficult last couple of tournaments as he takes on fellow youngster Hubert Hurkacz in the second round of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille on Wednesday night.

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