World number seven Andrey Rublev will look to add a grass court final to his kitty when he takes on Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinal of the 2021 Halle Open on Saturday, June 19. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
There have been four previous matches played between these two and both Rublev and Basilashvili have won two apiece. Basilashvili won the first couple of matches, in 2019 in Doha and Hamburg while Rublev retaliated with successive victories at Cincinnati and Rotterdam in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Rublev Makes it Three Straight-Setters in a Row
Not that he was ever expected to come close to getting surprised in his quarterfinal by the fading veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, but Rublev would take a lot of confidence from reaching his first ever career semifinal at first grass court competition.
Rublev continued from where he had left off in his previous rounds when he defeated his German opponent 7-6 (4), 6-2 to enter the last four.
In a match lasting an hour and 22 minutes, Rublev might have been stretched to a first set tie-breaker but he did not face a single break-point in the entire encounter.
What might have been bit of a bother, however, is he got himself just three against a player who is now ranked outside the top 120 and just one in the first set – a point Kohlschreiber won anyway.
The Russian came through in that cagey first set – which saw him lose nine points on serve and opponent only 11 – in a tie-breaker that looked to be headed that way too with the score tied at 4-4. He clinched the next three points and broke twice in the second set to bag the match.
Basilashvili Continues to Impress This Time
It’s been a kind of season for Basilashvili where he has either impressed solidly or he has capitulated early. This time around it seems to have been a case of the former, as he marched into his fourth ATP semifinal of the season with an easy win over Lloyd Harris.
The Georgian 6-4, 7-6 (5) in an hour and 50 minutes to make it five wins in a row in this tournament having needed to qualify for the main draw.
He broke Harris once late in the first set to clinch it and while he was down an early break in the second, he came back to level the proceedings and then pocketed the tie-breaker which followed.
Basilashvili, who has had wins over Gilles Simon, Arthur Rinderknech and now Harris in this tournament, will face Rublev, an opponent who is a completely different kettle of fish to them. Won’t get any easier.
Rublev v Basilashvili Prediction and Tip
Rublev’s form gives him a lot of confidence and should help avoid any potential upset. Backing the 1/3 for his win and happy to go with the 4/5 for a straight-setter too. Might see a tie-breaker in the match though.