The quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Open are here! At the Hall of Fame Open, the quarterfinals are split into two days, so Thursday will showcase two of the four quarterfinals and Friday will showcase the other two quarterfinals. Who will advance to the semifinals on Day 4 in Newport? Read on to find out!
ATP Hall of Fame Open Day 4 Quarterfinal Predictions
Mischa Zverev vs Marcel Granollers
Head to Head: 3-1 Granollers
A trip to the semifinals is at stake when Mischa Zverev battles Marcel Granollers. Newport is the first tournament all season in which Zverev has won two matches. In fact, Zverev has not lost a set on his way to the quarterfinals, beating Tim Smyczek and Guido Andreozzi in straight sets. Granollers has also not dropped a set this tournament, beating Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Jordan Thompson in straight sets. Granollers made the semifinals of Newport last year, losing to Steve Johnson. In addition, Granollers qualified and won his first round match without losing a set at Wimbledon this year before falling to Ugo Humbert in the second round.
Granollers leads the head to head 3-1. Zverev won their most recent meeting, in 2016, but Granollers won the only match on grass, in 2012. Zverev has struggled big-time for form this season, but his best surface is grass, and with his serving and ability to take the net, is a threat in Newport. Granollers has had grass court success not only because of both his net skills and his understanding of how to defend and counterpunch on grass. He will get a lot of balls back and frustrate Zverev in this quarterfinal matchup. Granollers wins.
Prediction: Granollers in 2
Alexander Bublik vs Tennys Sandgren
Head to Head: 2-1 Bublik
Alexander Bublik takes on Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Open. Bublik has won a pair of tight matches so far in Newport, beating Alex Bolt and Viktor Troicki in three sets. After struggling to deal with bounces against Denis Istomin in his first match at the Hall of Fame Open, Tennys Sandgren comfortably beat Adrian Mannarino in the second round. Sandgren made the round of 16 at Wimbledon and is continuing his good grass court form into Newport.
Bublik leads the head to head 2-1, but Sandgren won their latest match on the grass in Eastbourne. All three matches went to three sets and both of Bublik’s wins were 7-6(5) in the third set. Having watched a good portion of Bublik’s 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) win in the Monterrey Challenger this year, I can say with certainty that viewers should expect a lot of changes in momentum. These two players are very equally matched and this match will almost assuredly be tight. However, given Sandgren’s recent form on grass and how he was able to get the win in Eastbourne, I expect him to edge out a tight match to reach the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Open.
Prediction: Sandgren in 3
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