The dream run for Christian Harrison will look to continue in Tuesday’s semifinals at the Delray Beach Open when he takes on No. 4 seed Hubert Hurkacz. Harrison, who entered this event ranked No. 789 in the world, is having a career defining week in Delray having reached his first ATP quarterfinal on Saturday and will now play his first semifinal against World No.35 Hurkacz.
- Date: 13th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Delray Beach Open 2021
- Fixture: Christian Harrison vs Hubert Hurkacz
- Venue: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
- Round: Semi-finals
- Category: ATP 250
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $16,390
Christian Harrison vs Hubert Hurkacz: Match Preview
Entering 2021, Harrison had only won two ATP tour level matches in his entire career, having missed significant time as he has battled with injuries that required eight surgeries. This is his first main draw appearance since Newport in 2018. The American has now won three matches in this tournament alone plus a pair of wins in the qualifying rounds.
Hurkacz is ranked 35th in the world. He made a strong start to the 2020 season and made it to the semi-finals in Auckland, but struggled when the season returned from the COVID lay-offs in September. Hurkacz made it through with ease defeating qualifier Roberto Quiroz 6-4, 6-4 in just under an hour-and-a-half in the quarter-finals. The strong serving Pole is into his third tour level semifinal and first since January of 2020 in Auckland.
Christian Harrison vs Hubert Hurkacz: Head to head
Wednesday’s semifinal will be the first time the pair will face each other in their professional careers. This could be the place where Harrison’s fairy tale run ends.
Christian Harrison vs Hubert Hurkacz: Match Prediction
Chris Harrison had a long period of surgery and recovered from the surgery, resulting in a drop in rankings to 789. It is no exaggeration to say that his participation in the semi-finals came from nowhere.
As the No. 4 seed, Hurkacz had the benefit of a first round bye and has spent just 2 hours and 25 minutes on court for his two straight sets victories. Whilst, Harrison has already played seven matches – five singles and two doubles and spent almost 11 hours on court this week.
Considering their court time and rankings, Hurkacz emerges as the predictable winner as the Pole will have the mental edge over the 789th ranked American, who has returned for a list of injuries on tour. This could be the place where Harrison’s fairy tale run ends.
Match Prediction: Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.