The 2019 European Open semi-finals will be played on Saturday, October 19 with Stanislas Wawrinka v Jannik Sinner and Andy Murray v Ugo Humbert tips, previews and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP with 888Sport here.
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Stanislas Wawrinka v Jannik Sinner Predictions & Preview
This will be the second time that Stan Wawrinka and Jannik Wawrinka will clash at the highest level having done so for the first time as recently as the US Open. In that first round match, Wawrinka had run away to a four-set win with Sinner having won a set in a tie-breaker.
Wawrinka’s last title at this level came in 2017 when he won the Geneva Open and he is not two wins away from adding another one. He would have to get past Sinner in this one first, and given how he’s gone in the tournament so far it might not be as straightforward as that.
In the first round, he not just needed a three-setter against Feliciano Lopez but also a tie-breaker in the final set. And then he was pushed into a third yet again by Gilles Simon in the quarter-final as well, again facing a tie-breaker in the second set. Sinner is ranked 119th in the world, but is clearly having the time of his life this year with the move to his best ranking ever coming on the back of four titles on the lower circuit.
After a routine first round win, Sinner has already sent Gael Monfils and Frances Tiafoes on their way and if anything, one can expect another three-setter here for Wawrinka.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 8/5 at Unibet
Andy Murray v Ugo Humbert Predictions & Preview
Andy Murray and Ugo Humbert meet for the first time, in the semi-finals at Antwerp.
Former world number one Andy Murray, on his return from hip surgery, is in the semi-finals of a tournament for the first time since the French Open in 2017. Murray has gone from strength to strength since his return, and after a not so impressive run on the grass and US hardcourts, the Asian swing and the indoor European courts seem to be working well for him. However, his most recent quarter-final win against Romanian Marius Copil was not without its fair share of events, where Murray up a set and a break, got pulled into a final set and was lucky to come through.
21-year-old Frenchman Ugo Humbert has been on the tour for about two full seasons and has done well to already be ranked number 70th in the world. He made the second week at Wimbledon losing in the fourth round to Novak Djokovic, and this week has surprised many by defeating home favorite David Goffin and then coming through a tight match against Guido Pella in the quarter-finals.
A clash between the generations awaits us, and while Humbert will not go out without a fight, the experience of Murray should see him into an ATP final after a long hiatus.
Murray to win in two close sets.