Only four men remain in contention for the trophy at the ATP Noventi Open in Halle, Germany. The 2021 edition of the tournament has shaped up quite nicely so far with a qualifier still in contention and just one seed remaining. Who moves on ahead to the championship match is the question we try to answer for you.
ATP Halle Open Semifinal Predictions
Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Andrey Rublev
Head to head – Basilashvili 2-2 Rublev
Rest assured, we’re going to be treated to some exhilarating rallies as both players hit the tennis ball with some ferocity. Nikoloz Basilashvili seems to in midst of one of the runs which has led to him winning two titles this year. The Georgian overcame a tough opponent in Lloyd Harris but his semi final opponent is going to be tougher still.
Andrey Rublev has enjoyed a decent year so far, decent only because of his performances in the latter stages of Major tournaments. The Russian is certainly deserving of all the laurels, and it’s only time before he breaks through at the Slams. At present though, we’re at Halle and Rublev is playing like an outside contender for Wimbledon. Expect the fourth seed to control baseline rallies and open up the court better than Basilashvili, a player Rublev has beaten both times in their two previous meetings.
Prediction: Rublev in 2
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Ugo Humbert
Head to head – Auger-Aliassime 1-1 Humbert
Each has taken out some heavyweight players en route to the semi finals. Ugo Humbert took out third seed Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime took out fifth seed Roger Federer, a no easy feat. Interestingly, both their previous meetings have come on grass with the Canadian winning the recent one in Stuttgart a week ago. That match was won in two tiebreakers and this match looks no different in terms of how close it’ll be.
Humbert has played long and tiring matches in all his previous three rounds while Auger-Aliassime had an easy day out against Marcos Giron. The Frenchman has certainly showcased his immense talent this week and is likely to take the Canadian the distance but Auger-Aliassime should have more left in the tank late to win this match.
Prediction: Auger-Aliassime in 3
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