Fixture: Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Ugo Humbert
Date: 19 June 2021
Tournament: Noventi Open 2021
Venue: Halle, Germany
Category: ATP 500
Prize money: €1,318,605
Match timing: Not before 2:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm GMT, 8:30 am EST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Ugo Humbert preview
Auger-Aliassime upset 10-time champion Roger Federer in the second round and followed that up with a strong showing against American Marcos Giron in the last eight.
Humbert has had a similarly strong week in Halle. The Frenchman has notched up two solid wins over big-hitting opponents in the shape of Alexander Zverev and Sam Querrey and will enter the semifinal contest high on confidence.
Humbert lost to Auger-Aliassime at last week's Stuttgart Open and will be keen to exact revenge.
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Ugo Humbert head-to-head
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ugo Humbert have split their previous two meetings, so their current head-to-head stands at a 1-1 deadlock. Both of their encounters have been on grass, with Humbert winning in 2019 Wimbledon and Auger-Aliassime in Stuttgart last week.
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Ugo Humbert prediction
Felix Auger-Aliassime has already beaten Ugo Humbert on grass this season and will enter the contest knowing exactly what he needs to triumph once again.
In their quarter-final meeting in Stuttgart, the Canadian was strong on serve and did not give Humbert too many opportunities to break. He eventually edged out the Frenchman in two tie-break sets.
Humbert has been vulnerable in tie-breaks of late; he also dropped one in his last match against Sebastian Korda. Thus, he might look to be a little more aggressive during return games and push for a break of serve.
Both players possess similarly power-packed games. However, Humbert has the ability to mix things up with some serve-and-volleys and crafty dropshots. That, along with his serving prowess, gives the Frenchman the edge in this contest.
Prediction: Ugo Humbert to win in three sets.