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Hubert Hurkacz v Jack Draper: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Some of the biggest names in tennis are gathering in Monaco this week for the Monte Carlo Masters and Great Britain's Jack Draper has a tricky opponent in his round-of-64 clash as he faces 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz.

Hubert Hurkacz v Jack Draper betting tips and predictions

Hubert Hurkacz to win match - 8/11

The French Open is just a couple of weeks away and some of the top performers in tennis will be honing their clay-court games in Monte Carlo this week in advance of the second Grand Slam event of the season.

The Monte Carlo Masters title is a prestigious honour in itself with a high-class field taking part in the event.

British star Jack Draper has a tough assignment in the round of 64 against 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz and while a tight contest is likely, as the odds suggest, the Polish star's extra clay-court prowess should help him to come out on top.

In a quirk of the draw, the players met in this tournament last season, that time in the second round, and Hurkacz advanced with a 6-3 6-7 7-5 success. Hurkacz went out in the next round when he ran into rising star Jannik Sinner.

Hurkacz is in red-hot form on clay this season, winning the Estoril Open title on Sunday after beating Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-4 in the final.

The Pole made smooth progress through that event with comfortable wins over Jan Choinski, Pablo Llamas Ruiz and Cristian Garin preceding Sunday's routine success, and his current clay form suggests he should prove too strong for Draper in Monaco for the second season in succession.

Draper has had his moments this season, notably when reaching the semi-finals at the Acapulco Open, but he was forced to withdraw from his last-four match against Alex De Minaur due to illness. 

He made a first-round exit at Indian Wells after that and went out of the Miami Open with a second-round loss to Nicolas Jarry, which suggests he has work to do to challenge a player as strong as Hurkacz.

Draper has an overall winning record on clay of 19-12 but he is seen at his best on other surfaces and, providing Hurkacz is fresh enough after his efforts in Estoril, he should be able to come out on top.

Hurkacz to win 2-1 - 11/4

While the favourite is expected to prevail, his quick turnaround after playing in Estoril while Draper has had more time to prepare could make Hurkacz vulnerable in his opening match and he may need three sets to book a place in the next round.

The pair's match 12 months ago was tight - it was one of only four of the 16 second-round matches that required a third set - and even when Draper has been beaten this season he has usually managed to win at least one set.

The Briton has in fact won a set in all six of his tournament losses this year, including the Acapulco Open semi-final against De Minaur, which was 1-1 at the time of his withdrawal.

Hurkacz has not made a habit of winning in straight sets this season, either. All three of his matches at the Miami Open went to three sets, winning two and losing one of those contests, and he also dropped a set in his Estoril semi-final success against Garin.

First set score any player 7-6 - 5/2

The form of both players this season suggests a tie-break may be required to determine the winner of their first set in Monte Carlo.

Hurkacz had played 11 tie-breaks in his last 29 sets, including the opening set of his first two rounds in the Portuguese event. 

He also opened with a 13-game set against Sebastian Korda in Miami and went the distance in the opening set of his first two matches in Dubai.

Draper lost two tie-breaks in his most recent match, a second-round loss to Nicolas Jarry in Miami, and the pair's clash in Monte Carlo last season also featured a breaker, albeit in the second set.

A cagey start is quite likely in a match between two talented players and a first-set tiebreak is an attractive price at 5/2.

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Hubert Hurkacz v Jack Draper odds

Hubert Hurkacz

8/11

Jack Draper

11/10

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