Italy's Matteo Berrettini didn't play consistent in the first set against Dan Evans but still managed to collect a straight-set win. Berrettini, seeded at No. 1 in the Queen's main draw, beat home favorie Evans 7-6 (5) 6-3 to reach the Queen's semifinal.
Berrettini had his chances in the first set but he failed to convert any of his eight break point chances. However, Berrettini kept his focus and won the tie-break to take a one-set lead. In the second set, Berrettini broke Evans in the eighth game and served out for the match in the following game.
“I didn’t serve that well, but I was returning well and I just played better in the last few points of the tie-break,” Berrettini said. “After that, I felt more confident. The conditions were really tough, windy and cold, so I took time to adapt a little bit.
I am pretty happy with my performance. “The court condition was really good. I expected slippery conditions, but it was like yesterday. I came here to win the tournament, that is my goal. Now I am two steps away, I will think about the next match tomorrow.
I am happy with the way I am playing, and my mental attitude is really good”.
Berrettini plays Alex de Minaur next
De Minaur, who beat Marin Cilic, will be Berrettini's next opponent. Elsewhere, Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Marcos Giron 6-3 6-2 to reach the Halle semifinal.
“I’ve been playing well these past two weeks, believing in myself a lot and dominating my service games,” Auger-Aliassime said. “As soon as I got the break [in the first set], I feel like I loosened up and things were just going better and better.
“I don’t think Marcos played his best match, I’ve seen him play great matches before and beat Top 10 opponents... but in the end, I think I was able to put a lot of pressure on him and dictate the points.
So I can be happy with my performance”. Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4) 6-2 to also reach the Halle semifinal. “I am happy with my performance to reach the semi-finals for the first time,” said Rublev, who hit 29 winners to book a place in his sixth ATP Tour semi-final of the year.
“The first set was really tough. He was 3/0 up in the tie-break and I came back, which was the key. After the first set, I think he mentally went down and I was pumped up. I hit a couple of good returns in the first game of the second set”.