The last four at the ATP Singapore Tennis Open is set and whilst one name stands out from the rest, there’s no question that any of the four men left standing could be holding the title come Sunday. As ever, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for both semifinals, but who will reach the final?
ATP Singapore Tennis Open Semifinal Predictions
Marin Cilic vs Alexei Popyrin
Head-to-head: first meeting
If someone told you Marin Cilic would have made his first semifinal in 17 months at the ATP Singapore Tennis Open, you might have believed it just because of the relatively weak field. But even though the Croatian has indeed reached the last four, his path there has not been entirely straightforward. In fact, things almost went south very quickly for Cilic in the quarterfinals against Kwon Soon-woo, when, having been a break up in the final set, he found himself down match point only ten minutes later.
Fortunately for the 2014 US Open champion, some huge serving got him out of that hole and that should fuel his confidence. Alexei Popyrin, on the other hand, has been going about his business impressively to reach his first tour-level semifinal. But he has made it this far without playing a top 200 player (his opponents have been ranked #240, #423 and #316 respectively). Expect Cilic to build on his good win against Kwon and for this too prove a few steps too far for Popyrin.
Prediction: Cilic in 2
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Radu Albot vs Alexander Bublik
Head-to-head: Bublik 1-0 Albot
Few could have expected Radu Albot to beat the top seed Adrian Mannarino in the quarterfinals, nevermind as comfortably as he did, with the Moldovan recording a convincing 6-3 6-4 win. It was a win made all the more surprising by the fact that he had been match point down to world #105 Yannick Hanfmann the day before. It does look like Albot has re-discovered the form that saw him win his first (and thus far only) title in 2019 and almost beat the great Roger Federer.
Waiting for him in the last four is the exciting Alexander Bublik, who has been rising up the rankings and is yet to drop a set at ATP Singapore Tennis Open. On paper this looks like an interesting match, with Bublik certain to try and hit through Albot on a court that should make him the favourite. Equally, however, Albot has impressed and it’s hard to entirely discount the possibility of him grinding out another hard-fought win. Still, whilst this one could be very close, expect Bublik to have the edge.
Prediction: Bublik in 3
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