A highly intriguing match-up between Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz and resurgent Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov takes place in the second round of Hamburg. This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Dolgopolov leading the series 1-0 with a victory in Sydney at the start of the 2014 season.
World No. 19 Alexandr Dolgopolov has enjoyed a fantastic resurgence in 2014, but his record at Hamburg has been quite poor. The Ukrainian continues to try his luck at the event despite losing in the first round in three consecutive years. He will look to turn his fourtunes around this time against Janowicz, and since he received a bye into the second round, he will need to wait until Wednesday to turn his luck around.
Polish No. 1 Janowicz avoided another early exit from a tournament in 2014 but avoided the loss and stormed through the match 6-0, 7-5 to defeat Albert Ramos and reach the second round of the tournament. While he has been riddled with injuries for the better part of the 2014 season, Janowicz has shown some sign of a resurgence at his past few tournaments, and even matched Dolgopolov’s second round showing at the French Open this season, despite the fact that Dolgopolov has outperformed him on clay.
The first meeting between the two competitors came under much different circumstances, as Janowicz was coming off an injury and was clearly not fit to compete at the time. Dolgopolov won that contest 6-2, 6-2 with minimal effort, and while he will once again be the favourite this time around, he will likely face far more resistance from his Polish counterpart.
Prediction: Alexandr Dolgopolov in Three Sets