The first semifinal of the ATP Halle tournament of 2021 saw Andrey Rublev and Nikoloz Basilashvili take the court, who have always expressed their best tennis in the ATP 500 events in their careers. The Russian has won four tournaments in this category and in the last nine appearances not never came out before the quarter-finals; the Georgian, for his part, has raised a trophy of this caliber three times to the sky.
To show great solidity in the first phase of the match was certainly Rublev, who quickly reached 5-0 thanks to his winning serves and heavy blows. To underline the delightful backhand loop that allowed him to sign the first break of the day.
Just after updating his score to 5-1, Basilashvili took a medical time out for a flexor problem. In the second set, both showed great solidity in serving until the sixth game, when Rublev found the worst game of his match and fenced off a comfortable forehand on the first break point awarded to his opponent.The Georgian did not miss the opportunity and finished easily at 6-3 with an effective winning serve.
Rublev and Humbert in the final in Halle
The sixth game was also decisive in the last set. The current number 30 of the world has lost control of the forehand and allowed his rival to stretch permanently. Rublev threw three match points in response, but then deservedly gained access to the final in Halle with a convincing bat.
Thanks to the 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 imposed on Basilashvili, Rublev will have the chance to play the twelfth final in his career tomorrow. The Russian will challenge Ugo Humbert in the last act of the German tournament. Felix Auger-Aliassime got off to a good start right away, but handed the counter break to Humbert in the third game with a comfortable forehand.
The Frenchman took control of the exchanges and, after the backhand sent under the net by his rival on the break point at 3-3, he no longer encountered obstacles in the service. In the second set, Humbert quickly gained a 3 to 1 lead, but just as he had to deliver the decisive blow to his opponent he fell asleep and never took home a game.
The 20-year-old took advantage of Humbert's decline and won the second set. In the final and decisive set, the serve got Humbert out of trouble in the seventh game, when the Frenchman conceded three break points to Auger-Aliassime.
The Canadian then devoured two more chances in response before canceling two match points in Humbert at 4-5: the first with an ace, the second with a winning serve. The tie-break that ended Halle's second semifinal was narrowly won by Humbert, who will play his third career final tomorrow; he never lost one.