World number 32 Ugo Humbert will face the 67th-ranked Sam Querrey in the first round of the 2021 Halle Open on Monday, June 14. Get the live streaming options of this Ugo Humbert v Sam Querrey match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ugo Humbert v Sam Querrey Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Humbert and Querrey before this encounter.
Humbert Arrests Clay Court Slide
After a horror show during the clay swing, Humbert would have been pleased to see a change in environment as he took to court last week at the Stuttgart Open.
Not too many top-30 players, even at their worst, would have liked the kind of win-loss that Humbert endured during his time on dirt. The Frenchman won just one match in a total of six competitions, losing six others and dropping out of five of those tournaments in round one.
Which is also why, a solid showing on grass at the Stuttgart Open was the need of the hour and that’s how things went for the world number 32.
Humbert sent Marton Fucsovics and Yannick Hanfmann out in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals, before he was taken down in two tie-breakers by Felix Auger-Aliassime. And even that match could have gone either way with some luck.
Can he now tackle the heavy-serving Querrey in this opener?
Querrey Also Stopped by Auger-Aliassime
It wasn’t only Humbert who fell to Auger-Aliassime in Stuttgart. In what was the first competition on grass this season, Querrey reached the semifinal before Auger-Aliassime got the better of him in straight sets.
More vitally, Querrey had also come into Stuttgart with a five-match losing streak under his belt, which is why a three-match winning run on grass would have provided him with a lot of relief.
Not that it would have been much of a surprise because of his obvious preference for grass.
Querrey’s best performance at a Grand Slam had come at Wimbledon where he had reached the semifinal in 2017. The American also has four ATP finals under his belt on grass.
With that kind of confidence from his Stuttgart showing and the love for grass, Querrey will back himself to go deeper here in Halle.
Humbert v Querrey Prediction and Tip
While Humbert is the higher-ranked player, it is tough to see beyond the big-serving Querrey who will hold the edge on grass. Expect him to come through in straight sets too but we could see a tie-breaker at the very least.