Daniel Elahi Galan vs. Hubert Hurkacz - 2021 Delray Beach Open Second Round
Sunday, January 10 2021
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Hubert Hurkacz looks to begin his 2021 season here at the Delray Beach Open as he meets Daniel Elahi Galan in the second round on Sunday, January 10th 2021. Will there be another shocking upset against a top seed here in Delray Beach or will Hurkacz come out on top of his game straight away?
Daniel Elahi Galan came through a very easy match for him against Andrej Martin on Friday, beating the Serbian in straight sets 6-4/6-4. Galan is not a real competitive player in the ATP Tour, and mainly focuses on the challenger level tournaments. However, Galan was lucky his opponent in the first round was in the same boat as him. Galan will have to drastically improve his game in this second round match as he now mets a solid and mainstay player on the ATP Tour in Hubert Hurkacz, and anything less than perfect will not cut it here.
Hubert Hurkacz will be looking to start his 2021 season strongly as he enters his first match of the year here in Delray Beach. Hurkacz is continuously improving as a player and I am sure he will begin to challenge more and more for titles in these ATP 250 tournaments, and potentially in some ATP 500s if he ensures he puts in the work and dedication to improve himself. Hurkacz will know that this tournament will be very solid preparation for him before the beginning of the Australian tennis swing early next month. Will he be able to prevent an upset here?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players and it is going to be an interesting one. Galan will have the confidence here as he knows he has had some more practice and more competitive minutes under his belt compared to Hurkacz, and might take inspiration from yesterday's Christian Harrison's victory (ranked 789) against Cristian Garin (who was the No.1 seed here in Delray Beach). Hurkacz knows that if he does not come prepared, he can suffer the same fate. But I think Hurkacz is very solid on hardcourt and his serve should be able to keep him from losing here.