Fourth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia will take on France’s Ugo Humbert in the Halle Open final on Sunday, June 20. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Ugo Humbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Ugo Humbert Head to Head
Rublev is 1-0 on the tour, winning a three-set Round-of-16 contest in St. Petersburg last year. He also played Humbert in the qualifiers in Monte-Carlo in 2019, winning in straight sets.
Rublev Marches Into First Final on Grass
Andrey Rublev’s stunning run at ATP 500 tournaments continued as he reached his first-ever final on grass, by beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinals of the Halle Open on Saturday.
The Russian, who dominated the first set, had a bit of a setback in the second before racing to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win in an hour and 51 minutes. This will be Rublev’s sixth career ATP 500 final and he is 4-1 in the previous five finals. He played his first in Hamburg in 2019, losing to Basilashvili, but is 4-0 since then, winning three last year, in Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Vienna and one in Rotterdam this year.
The 23-year-old is 29-2 in ATP 500 tournaments since the resumption of play following last year’s suspension. Overall, Rublev is 33-9 this year and reached his first Masters 1000 final in Monte-Carlo, before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas. He also reached the semifinals in Miami, falling to Hubert Hurkacz.
A four-time major quarterfinalist, Rublev, who has a total of four ATP titles, began his Halle campaign with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win over compatriot Karen Khachanov in the first round. The fourth seed then defeated Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4 in the Round of 16 and Germany’s Phillip Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
On Saturday, the World No. 7 dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, but was more dominant than his opponent, striking 24 winners and converting three of eight break points, while getting broken just once in the match.
Humbert Survives Fourth Successive Three-Setter
On Sunday, the Russian will lock horns with 22-year-old Ugo Humbert in the final, after the Frenchman prevented Felix Auger-Aliassime from reaching a ninth career final and two in two weeks, with a dramatic three-set victory.
The Canadian saved as many as four match points, two in the final set tiebreak, but couldn’t save a fifth as Humbert won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and 34 minutes.
The World No. 31, who has had an up and down year so far, will be featuring in a third career final on Sunday and he has a perfect record in finals, winning the Auckland and European Opens last year.
Saturday’s win improved the left-hander to 13-13 this year. A semifinalist in Marseille and quarterfinalist in Montpellier, Estoril and Stuttgart, Humbert has won four successive three-setters at Halle.
He fought back from a set down to beat Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) in the opening round and then knocked out third seed Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 in the second round. He had to battle for two-and-a-half hours in the quarterfinals as well, edging past Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4.
Against Auger-Aliassime, Humbert converted three of eight break points and saved eight of 11. He won just 98 of 203 points in the match, but won the crucial moments to reach a first final on grass.
Rublev v Humbert Prediction and Tip
It’s been a long week for Humbert, who has been taken to three in all of his four matches in the tournament so far. In contrast, Rublev will be much fresher, having not dropped a set till the semis. The Russian has been phenomenal in ATP 500 events and beating him will be huge ask for Humbert. Expect Rublev to win the final in straight sets.