Fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia will face Laslo Djere of Serbia in the semifinal of the Sardegna Open on Saturday, April 10. Get the live streaming options of this Nikoloz Basilashvili v Laslo Djere match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Laslo Djere Head to Head
They have only met on outdoor clay courts before, with Djere having a slender 2-1 lead. However, if one were to include the Roland Garros qualifier, where they met in 2015, Basilashvili has also won twice against the Serbian.
Djere won in straight sets in the Round of 32 in Kitzbuhel in 2018 and in three in the quarterfinal in Budapest in 2019.
Baslishvili scored a straight sets win in the Round of 32 of Rome Masters in 2019.
Basilashvili Edges Past Struff
After saving five match points in the Round of 16, Nikoloz Basilashvili survived another three-setter on Friday, edging past fifth seed Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a two-hour-and-35-minute quarterfinal at the Sardegna Open.
The Georgian won 60 percent of service points, saved 10 of 14 break points and broke his opponent’s serve six times from 16 breaking chances.
Having received a first round bye, Basilashvili had needed three hours to beat Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the Round of 16.
This is the second time this year that Basilashvili has reached the final four of an event. Last month, the 29-year-old right-hander had gone on to win the Qatar Open title by beating Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.
Having started the season with a run to the quarterfinals in Antalya, the World No. 37 made four consecutive first round exits at Melbourne-1, Australian Open, Montpellier and Rotterdam.
Breaking the five-match losing streak in Doha, he won five in a row to claim his fourth ATP title. One of those wins was against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
The Doha title was followed by back-to-back first round defeats in Dubai and Miami, however, Basilashvili snapped the two-match losing streak in Cagliari, winning two close three-setters and inching closer to a seventh career final and a third on clay, having won twice in Hamburg and finished runner-up in Kitzbuhel in 2016.
Djere Ends Musetti’s Run
Serbia’s Laslo Djere needed two hours and 22 minutes to defeat Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinal on Friday to advance to his first semifinal of the year.
The World No. 57 saved eight of 11 break points, and broke the 19-year-old five times in the match to win the contest 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
A champion in Sardinia last year, Djere had begun his campaign with a 6-4, 6-2 opening round win against Italy’s Federico Gaio and had defeated Australia’s John Millman 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16.
This is the first time in 2021 that the Serb has reached the final four, having lost in two quarterfinals before.
Djere had begun the year with three consecutive losses on the hard courts in Antalya, Adelaide and the Australian Open.
He finally got his first win of the year at the Argentina Open, reaching the quarterfinal of the clay-court tournament and then following it with a run to the last eight in Santiago.
Last year, the 25-year-old right-hander had finished with a 13-9 record, which included his second ATP title at the Sardinia Open. He had claimed his first at the Rio Open in 2019.
Djere had made early round exits from Mexico and Miami prior to the event in Cagliari.
Basilashvili v Djere Prediction and Tip
This is a difficult one to call. Both have been solid in the tournament and both are coming into the semis after winning really tight quarterfinals. Expect a good contest, with a third set separating the two.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)