In the ATP of Halle, Andrey Rublev's problems with Philipp Kohlschreiber lasted essentially a set. The number four of the big group in fact overcomes the cut of the quarter-finals in Halle with a very rocky 7-6 (4) 6-2.
Spoiled, in part, only by a mini-break at a disadvantage in the jeu decisif. The Russian talent will see it in the semifinals with Nikoloz Basilashvili, a character very fond of the '500' as a historian. The Georgian player - who over the course of the season has won two of the four tournaments in which he made it through the first round, still needs three sets to break down Gilles Simon's stamina.
At the top of the board continues the path of Felix Auger Aliassime, Roger Federer's executioner, who leaves Marcus Giron just five games in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals the match against Ugo Humbert: the French tennis player's success against Sebastian Korda is very complicated in any case.
Alex de Minaur will be a bit surprising to face Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals at Queens, after the success against British number one Daniel Evans. Deamon recovers a set delay to Marin Cilic and keeps the break advantage that he catches at the start.
He finishes 3-6 6-3 6-4. The event of Jack Draper ends, on his second career appearance in the major circuit, the match between Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe interrupted with the Canadian in advantage 6-3. In WTA in Berlin out Garbine Muguruza.
Even without conceding match points, Belinda Bencic needs almost three hours of play and the third set tie break to overcome Ekaterina Alexandrova. In Berlin she will play the second semifinal of the season: waiting for her Alize Cornet.
After Amanda Anisimova and Bianda Andreescu, the Frenchwoman also notes Garbine Muguruza in the notebook of the defeats. The dynamics are very similar. Cornet effectively cancels a match point in the heart of the tenth game and even if she does not take advantage of a mega-advantage of 6-1 in the tie break she closes at 7-5 and returns to place herself in the top four in a tournament of the WTA Tour a two years apart.
Some recriminations for Madison Keys, beaten in three sets by Ludmilla Samsonova.
ATP Halle 2021: Roger Federer eliminated by Auger-Aliassime!
Roger Federer's 71st victory in Halle fades. The Swiss had never lost in the second round in the historical German event and had already gone over 70 wins in five tournaments, but on the other side of the net he found a brave Felix Auger-Aliassime, who despite numerous wasted opportunities in the first and in the second set he won in comeback with the final score of 4-6, 6-3, 6.
Both players got off to a good start and left the crumbs for their opponent. The first to concede break points was Federer, who however recovered from 15-40 thanks to a winning serve and an ace. In the next game, the 20-time Grand Slam champion then thundered Auger-Aliassime with an amazing backhand pass.
The Canadian did not give up and at 4-5 he got again two consecutive break points, but Federer was not intimidated: he first sent the message back to the sender and then closed the set with a delicious serve and volley. In the second half of the game, the Swiss still saved himself with his serve, this time from 0-40, but you never scored in response.
The break that extended the match came in the sixth game, when Auger-Aliassime surprised Federer with a very deep response. In the final and decisive set, Federer appeared physically rather struggling and struggled to keep up with his rival.
The Canadian earned the double break in a few minutes, taking advantage of two bad mistakes by Federer: the first with the backhand, the second with the forehand volley.