The semi-finals of the 2019 Swiss Indoors Open are on Saturday, October 26th at Basel, and below you can get the preview of Stefanos Tsitsipas v Roger Federer & Alex De Minaur v Reilly Opelka, along with tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Roger Federer Predictions & Preview
This will be the third meeting between Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas. While Tsitsipas defeated Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the Swiss defeated Tsitsipas to win his 100th career title in the finals of the Dubai Open. They were scheduled to meet in the quarterfinals of the ATP 1000 in Rome, but Federer withdrew after a leg injury from the previous round.
Federer is a nine time winner here in his home town of Basel and looked in stellar form dropping six games only in his first two matches against Peter Gojowczyk and Radu Albot. He was scheduled to play against countryman Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals, but his fellow Swiss pulled out with a back injury after his victory against American Frances Tiafoe. It has been another good year for Federer, with three titles at Dubai, Madrid and Halle respectively, as he is in search for a 10th title here in Basel.
Stefanos Tsitsipas had a strong first half of the season, being a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, a finalist at the Madrid Masters 1000, winning titles at Marseille and Estoril, as well as making the second week at Roland Garros. After a disappointing grass and US hard court season, the Greek has made a comeback since, being a finalist at the China Open in Beijing and a semi-finalist at the Masters 1000 in Shanghai. Having secured his place at the Tour Finals in London next month, Tsitsipas has done well to come through some challenging three set matches this week.
In a match that many will be looking forward to, Federer knows he need to get off the blocks quick and be at his best throughout. It will not be a surprise if Tsitsipas emerges victorious, but given we are in Basel, expect the Swiss to win in two close sets.
Reilly Opelka v Alex De Minaur Agut Predictions & Preview
American Reilly Opelka and Aussie rising star Alex de Minaur meet for the fourth time in their careers, in the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors Open in Basel, Switzerland. All three of their meetings were this year, with Aussie De Minaur winning in Sydney, Atlanta and Cincinnati respectively.
It has been a breakthrough year for both players as they continue to reach new heights as the season progresses.
American Opelka reached a career high ranking of world number 40 this year, winning his first ATP Title at the New York Open, and performing consistently through the year. With victories against London Tour Final hopefuls David Goffin and Roberto Bautista Agut this week, the American is high on confidence and can be expected to move up the rankings further next Monday.
Aussie De Minaur won his first three ATP titles this season, and has gone from strength to strength, with titles in Sydney, Atlanta and Chengdu during the Asian Swing. He also made the second week of the US Open, defeating top ten ranked Kei Nishikori en route, and looks to head to the ‘Next Gen’ Tour Finals in Milan early next month as one of the favorites.
A clash between two very different playing styles; expect the Aussie to make his fourth ATP final of the year, searching his fourth title and winning his fourth match against Opelka.