Fixture: (4) Andrey Rublev vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
Date: 19 June 2021
Tournament: Noventi Open 2021
Venue: Halle, Germany
Category: ATP 500
Prize money: €1,318,605
Match timing: 12 pm local time, 10 am GMT, 6 am EST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video
Andrey Rublev vs Nikoloz Basilashvili preview
Rublev, the last remaining seed in the draw, faced a stern test in his last-eight match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Russian had to dig deep to take a competitive first set in a tiebreaker, but grew in strength as the match progressed. He is now one win away from a third final of the season.
Basilashvili, meanwhile, enters this contest with a lot of grasscourt wins under his belt. He played a couple of matches in Stuttgart, where he came up short against Marin Cilic in the round of 16.
The Georgian has done well to bounce back in Halle this week. Having come through the qualification rounds, he has already scored five wins. Needless to say, he will be feeling confident about his prospects heading into the semifinals.
Andrey Rublev vs Nikoloz Basilashvili head-to-head
Andrey Rublev and Nikoloz Basilashvili have split their previous four meetings, so their current head-to-head stands at a 2-2 deadlock. However, it is the Russian who has won the last two encounters, including a dominant straight-sets victory in Hamburg last year.
Andrey Rublev vs Nikoloz Basilashvili prediction
Andrey Rublev and Nikoloz Basilashvili have both won at least one title in 2021 and with the early exits of some big names in Halle, they will sense an opportunity to add to that tally.
Rublev is yet to drop a set in Halle this week, but he has been tested by his opponents. The Russian has done well to hold his nerve in the crunch moments; his serve, in particular, has bailed him out of some tight situations.
Against Basilashvili, who plays an attacking brand of tennis not dissimilar to Rublev's, the Russian will need to ensure he stays in control. Both men will look to go for their shots and the match could well turn in favor of the player who can keep thee unforced error count to a minimum.
Rublev does have a slight edge, but he will need to be at his best to avoid an upset at the hands of an increasingly confident Basilashvili.
Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win in three sets