Fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz and unseeded Christopher O’Connell will face off on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open. A semifinal tie with either Richard Gasquet or Jan-Lennard Struff awaits the winner. Hurkacz is making his third appearance in Stuttgart and before this season had never won a match here. He defeated the qualifier Yosuke Watanuki in a high-octane first-round match that lasted two hours and 22 minutes and saw him play 36 games. The win was his 20th of the season out of 32 matches played. Despite the win, the Pole is down three places to number 17 in the live ranking after losing 455 ranking points. Hurkacz isn’t an excellent performer on grass. Since making his debut on the surface in 2018, he has compiled a record of 17 wins and 11 losses.
Christopher O’Connell almost has a similar career record on grass as Hurkacz. He made his debut on the surface in 2014 and since then has racked up 18 wins and 11 losses. He will hope his excellent performance in Stuttgart continues past this quarterfinal tie. The Australian has won both his matches at the BOSS Open without dropping a set and defeated Lorenzo Sonego in the previous round. The win was his 21st of the season and moved him up seven places to 67th in the live ranking, a new career high for him.
Our prediction for Hubert Hurkacz v Christopher O’Connell is for O’Connell to win. O’Connell has been in superb form in Stuttgart, winning both his matches without dropping a set. While Hurkacz remains a decent opponent here, O'Connell's form points to him having a good game.