Hubert Hurkacz will meet JJ Wolf in the Second Round of the 2023 Italian Open. The match will be played on Saturday May 13th, 2023.
Hubert Hurkacz is the 14th seed here at the 2023 Italian Open and is ranked 15th on the ATP Tour. He has been disappointing so far this season, seeing his ranking drop out of the top 10. He is more at home on the faster surfaces, and his 3-3 record on clay shows this. However, his all around game and huge serve are dangerous anywhere, and his opponent JJ Wolf should not underestimate him despite the poor form. A First Round bye got him to this point and he will be hoping to match and go further than his Third Round showing in Madrid.
JJ Wolf is unseeded here at the 2023 Italian Open and is ranked 54th in the world. Like his opponent Hubert Hurkacz, he is not quite at home on the clay but does not possess she sheer upside and weapons that the Pole does. He struggled through his First Round win over Hugo Grenier, playing some sloppy tennis and being lucky to come away with the victory. Despite Hurkacz's struggles on clay, Wolf is still the massive underdog here and with his lack of power will struggle to get anything past his opponent.
This should be a routine win for Hubert Hurkacz, something he does not get often on this surface. He is playing poorly this season, but luckily for him his opponent is also especially on the clay. Wolf is a very good player but will struggle mightily here, and Hurkacz's serve and power will be massive difference makers here. I wouldn't back the straight sets market just to be safe, but Hurkacz will win this and move on at the Italian Open.