Third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada will take on American Sam Querrey in the semifinals of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Saturday, June 12. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Sam Querrey match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Sam Querrey Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime and the 33-year-old Querrey.
Auger-Aliassime Holds off Humbert
World No. 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada held off a determined Ugo Humbert of France in the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open on Friday to move into a second semifinal in 2021.
In his only other final four appearance this year, at the Murray River Open, he defeated France’s Corentin Moutet in straight sets to reach a seventh ATP final, but was denied a title once again, as he finished runner-up to Dan Evans.
Auger-Aliassime, who reached six finals in 2019 and 2020 combined, is yet to win a set in a title clash.
On Friday, Auger-Aliassime needed two hours and four minutes to edge past the French left-hander 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8). Both players had three break points in the match and both were able to save all three.
There was little to choose between the two, however, Auger-Aliassime struck 17 aces against Humbert’s four. The Canadian was also better on his second serves, winning 68% of those points, while his opponent managed to win just 44% second serve points.
Seeded third in the tournament, Auger-Aliassime, who received a first-round bye, had needed an hour and 43 minutes to dispatch South Africa’s Lloyd Harris 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the round of 16.
Auger-Aliassime, who added Toni Nadal to his coaching team earlier this year, didn’t have a great clay court season, which included a second first-round exit from the French Open in two main draw appearances.
The Canadian, who reached the fourth round of a major for the first time at the U.S. Open last year, reached the Round of 16 at the Australian Open for the first time earlier this year.
He has been inconsistent this year, falling twice to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals (at Acapulco and Barcelona) and failing to go that deep in most of the other tournaments.
Querrey Survives a Scare Against Stricker
Sam Querrey had come to Stuttgart in woeful form, but the American seems to have found his lost touch as he moved into the semifinals with a tough three-set win against 18-year-old Swiss sensation Dominic Stephen Stricker, who continues to wow the tennis world with his spirited performances.
Stricker, who also reached the quarterfinals on his ATP debut in Geneva, took the first set in tie-break, but the World No. 67 came back into the contest to win 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
The 6’6″ American, who was 3-6 last year and 2-6 this year before the start of the tournament, served 32 aces in the match against Stricker’s 17.
Querrey had begun the tournament with an easy 6-4, 6-1 win against Turkey’s Altug Celikbilek. He was tested a bit by Australia’s James Duckworth in the next round but came out unscathed with a 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) win that included 23 aces.
A 10-time champion on the tour, Querrey has one title on grass, which he won at Queen’s in 2010. The 33-year-old featured in three more finals on the surface, finishing runner-up in Newport in 2009, Nottingham in 2015 and Eastbourne in 2019.
That final in Eastbourne was the last of the 19 finals he has played in his career, but he couldn’t add to his 10 titles, falling to Taylor Fritz in straight sets.
Auger-Aliassime v Querrey Prediction and Tip
Having lost all seven of his finals so far, Auger-Aliassime will be desperate to reach another one to give himself a chance at a maiden title. But Querrey has a brilliant record on grass and finding a way past him won’t be easy. Expect the two big-serving players to go the distance.