Medvedev vs Hurkacz: prediction for the Halle Open match
Daniil Medvedev didn't surrender a single set in Halle. In the opening round, the Russian defeated David Goffin (6-3, 6-2). After that, he celebrated success over Ilya Ivashka (7-6, 6-3), Roberto Bautista-Agut (6-2, 6-4), and Oscar Otte (7-6, 6-3). This is Medvedev's second consecutive final - last week, he was the runner-up at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. In the decisive match, Medvedev lost to Tim Van Rijthoven (4-6, 1-6).
Hubert Hurkacz, on the other hand, has had quite a tough tournament. The Polish tennis player started his Halle Open campaign with a victory over Maxim Cressy (6-4, 4-6, 6-4), then he defeated Ugo Humbert (7-6, 6-3). His following two matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-6, 7-6) and Nick Kyrgios (4-6, 7-6, 7-6) were very difficult, but nevertheless, Hurkacz reached his first final this season. Previously, his best result in 2022 was reaching the semifinals of the Miami Masters.
In the last 5 matches, Medvedev played 2 tie-breaks.
In Hurkacz's last 5 matches, more than 9 games were played in the first set.
Hurkacz has been very lucky in Halle. He had strong opponents, but managed to beat Auger-Aliassime on two tie-breaks and outplay Kyrgios, despite being a weaker side. But we don't think he will be able to defeat Medvedev, who has had a flawless run at the current tournament.
Our prediction - handicap (-3) to Medvedev
The opponents have met four times, and all four matches were very close. We expect the same from the upcoming final. Moreover, Hurkacz and Medvedev together have played a total of seven tie-breaks at the current tournament. Take the over.
Second prediction - total over 23 games