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Tsitsipas vs Hurkacz Next Gen ATP Finals live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Tsitsipas looks to carry winning momentum into semi-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 8 Nov 2018
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Hubert Hurkacz is live from Milan around 9.00pm local time on Thursday (8.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas attempts to make it three wins from three matches at the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals when he takes on Hubert Hurkacz in the last match of Group A on Thursday night.

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World No. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to carry some winning momentum into the Next Gen ATP Finals semi-finals against Polish No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz on Thursday night in Milan.

Already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals after registering clinical victories over Jaume Munar and Frances Tiafoe, Tsitsipas won’t be taking his foot off the pedal, with an undefeated champion at the Fiera Milano set to receive $407,000. After a four-set dispatch of Munar on Tuesday, Tsitsipas raised his level on Wednesday as he took on Delray Beach champion Tiafoe, beating the American by a 4-3(3) 4-3(5) 4-2 scoreline to emerge triumphant in straight sets.

“I never dropped my performance, I always stayed at 100 per cent almost, so [I am] very satisfied that I managed to stay calm and play every point like a match point,” Tsitsipas said. “Hopefully I can play like this in every match that I’ll be playing here at the Next Gen ATP Finals.”

This time last year, Tsitsipas had only just won his first few matches on the ATP World Tour and was an alternate in Milan. But, fast forward 12 months and the Greek sensation is the current World No. 15 after putting together an incredible 2018 season.

It all began with a runner-up finish at the ATP 500 Barcelona Open to Rafael Nadal during the clay season, while Tsitsipas also made the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon, going down to John Isner. But his best was yet to come, with Tsitsipas making worldwide headlines as he became the youngest player since the current ATP World Tour was established in 1990 to beat four top 10 opponents at a single tournament at the Toronto Masters, conquering Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson to reach the final, where Nadal was once again too strong.

Tsitsipas understandably suffered a bit of a slump after that run, but he well and truly bounced back to his best tennis towards the end of the season, claiming his first ATP World Tour title in Stockholm, becoming the first man from Greece to take home a tour-level singles title. At a career-high No. 15, can Tsitsipas cap an extraordinary year by taking home the Next Gen ATP Finals silverware?

Hubert Hurkacz (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Hurkacz still has an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals himself after he registered a five-set win over Munar on Wednesday. The Polish young gun needs to beat Tsitsipas on Thursday and hope that Tiafoe slips up against Munar in order to qualify.


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.

Tsitsipas and Hurkacz have never played a professional match, but it’s hard to look past the Greek in this one. Hurkacz has a brilliant serve and his game is suited for these conditions, but Tsitsipas is simply a far more evolved player right now, and judging by the form he showcased against Tiafoe, he is operating near the peak of his powers this week. With every incentive to stay unbeaten despite already qualifying, I expect Tsitsipas to come away with the victory on Thursday night.


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Tsitsipas vs Hurkacz Next Gen ATP Finals live streaming, preview and tips - Top seed Tsitsipas looks to carry winning momentum into semi-finals

Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas attempts to make it three wins from three matches at the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals when he takes on Hubert Hurkacz in the last match of Group A on Thursday night.

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