After five days of riveting tennis, it is time for the semifinal round at the ATP Geneva Open. There are four men standing tall after the storm, who are anticipatedly the top four seeds. All four are equally capable of taking home the silverware, but as we know, only one will be able to in the ending. For the moment, we focus on the two exciting semifinal matches. Whom do you think will advance to the title clash?
ATP Geneva Semifinal Predictions
Alexander Zverev vs Nicolas Jarry
Head-to-head: Zverev 2-1 Jarry
Alexander Zverev dominated his quarterfinal match against Yibing Wu, leading 4-1 before his opponent retired. The service was looking formidable as ever, and the strong baseline game was there too. Though the match lasted just 20 mins, the talking point for Zverev is definitely the way he immediately found his rhythm in the match. That is a huge positive for him keeping in view the upcoming Roland Garros. Zverev performing near his best is alarming for any player.
Nicolas Jarry put up an inspirational performance against the first seed Casper Ruud to pull off a hard-to-believe upset. After not being able to improvise on breakpoints in the first set, Jarry did not lose heart and hung around. Almost two hours later, he emerged victorious in his career best win in terms of ranking. Jarry served 12 aces throughout the match, and managed to keep calm on the crunch points.
The two players have met thrice before, all meetings coming in 2019, coincidentally on clay. Jarry won their first encounter, after which Zverev has bagged two wins. Interestingly, one of their matches was the final of the Geneva ATP’s 2019 edition. Zverev emerged victorious after a tight match, saving two match points in the process. Zverev was the favourite in that match, and so he is in the upcoming semifinal.
Prediction: Zverev in 2
Taylor Fritz vs Grigor Dimitrov
Head-to-head: Fritz 1-0 Dimitrov
Taylor Fritz delivered a clinical performance against Ilya Ivashka in his quarterfinal match to seal a semifinal spot at the Geneva Open. Fritz played spotless tennis in the match, keeping his errors to minimum, and taking calculated risks. By the end, it was clear why the American number one has evolved into an all-court beast. Fritz looked in control throughout the match and Ivashka managed to bag just three games, which is commendable in itself. Looking solid off both wings, Fritz lost a meagre five point on his serve over the course of the match.
Grigor Dimitrov edged out the dangerous looking Christopher O’Connell in three sets in his quarterfinal match, which lasted almost three hours. Dimitrov’s renowned slice was put to full use against the relentless backhand attack from his opponent, and he did very well to bounce back after losing a rather intense first set. Though extremely sharp when in control, there were points in the match when he looked a bit clueless against the relentless hitting of O’Connell. In Fritz, Dimitrov meets an opponent who really likes to hit hard.
The duo have met once before, which was also on clay. At the Madrid Masters in 2019, Fritz got the better of Dimitrov in straight sets, stretching over two long tiebreaks. If Fritz brings his quarterfinal game into the match, Dimitrov will have to produce some magic if wants to have a shot. But then again, it is not exactly an easy job to completely call the shots against a player like Dimitrov. This match could go all the way, or it could be a brief affair, but it seems very likely that Fritz will book a place in the title clash.
Prediction: Fritz in 3
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