The quarterfinal of the ATP Madrid Open gets underway with Novak Djokovic and Hubert Hurkacz on Friday in Spain. There are four matches scheduled on the men’s side, as we’re down to eight players for a Masters title in the Madrid Open.
Djokovic had a walkover to the quarterfinal round after Andy Murray pulled out of the match before beginning. He had to withdraw due to a stomach illness.
The Serb was in near-perfect form against Gaels Monfils in the first round. Djokovic made easy work of Monfils with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Monfils isn’t on Djokovic’s level, but is capable on a good day.
Novak Djokovic: "I would probably rate it as the best performance of the year, I would say. I felt very good on the court."https://t.co/61IfWiiAH2
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) May 3, 2022
That was just a very good performance from Djokovic, as he looks motivated after losing on his home soil to Andrey Rublev in the Serbia Open. Losing in the final in Serbia had to be a frustrating experience for Djokovic.
The French Open is on the clay, so the Madrid Open is the perfect tune-up for top contenders. Hubert Hurkacz certainly hopes to use this as a springboard to France.
Hurkacz is coming off a strong performance over Dusan Lajovic. He won in straight sets for a textbook 7-5, 6-3 victory. This was easier than his time against Alejandro Davidovic Fokina.
Head below for our best Djokovic vs. Hurkacz prediction on May 6, 2022.
Novak Djokovic vs. Hubert Hurkacz ATP Madrid Open Live Betting Odds:
|Novak Djokovic||-4 (+100)||-335||Over 22 (-115)|
|Hubert Hurkacz||+4 (-130)||+270||Under 22 (-115)|
|50% up to $1,000|
|125% up to $2,500|
|100% up to $1,000|
|100% up to $500|
|50% up to $1,000|
|Player Data||Novak Djokovic||Hubert Hurkacz|
|Overall Record (2022)||7-3||17-6|
|Overall Sets Record (2022)||14-9||38-19|
|Clay Court Record (2022)||3-2||3-1|
|Clay Court Sets Record (2022)||8-7||7-3|
Novak Djokovic vs. Hubert Hurkacz Prediction:
Losing in Serbia doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to Djokovic, that’s a big one that he won’t soon forget. It might have been the perfect loss to get Djokovic motivated and focused, though.
He certainly looked like a player that was motivated to play well against Gael Monfils in his first match since the loss. Despite three double faults, Djokovic still won 6-3, 6-2.
When he wasn’t suffering from self-inflicted mistakes, it was all Djokovic in that one against Monfils. Djokovic had two aces, while Monfils didn’t have one in the loss.
The walkover to the quarterfinal was unfortunate for fans, but it should keep him fresh. Djokovic has only played one match in this tournament, while Hubert Hurkacz has already been involved in three matches.
Djokovic is 3-0 over Hurkacz in three matches. Most recently, he beat Hurkacz 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 indoors in Paris last year.
Djokovic and Hurkacz have played once on the clay back in 2019. This was an easy win for Djokovic, as he cruised to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory.
In three matches in the Madrid Open, Hurkacz beat the world No. 81, No. 29, and No. 77 in the world. He will face a sizable step up in class against Djokovic on Friday.
There isn’t much that can stop Djokovic when he is focused and interested. That was certainly the case against Monfils, and I’m sure the same in the quarters versus Hurkacz. He is going to be fresh as well, having only played one match in Madrid.
Djokovic by five games in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Hurkacz, looks like an accurate result. Getting Djokovic at even money to cover -4 games looks like good value in Spain.