ATP semi-final predictions in Halle including Daniil Medvedev vs Oscar Otti

It’s been an exciting week at the ATP Halle Open, and we’ve made it to the last four contenders vying for the title. The four semi-finalists have done an excellent job moving onto the grass and it will be great to see how the semi-final matches play out.

Who will win and who will fall short? I give my best guesses.

ATP semi-final predictions

Hubert Hurkacz vs Nick Kyrgios

Face to face: never played

Hubert Hurkacz saved one break point he faced in the quarter-finals against Felix Auger-Aliassime, taking the match 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4). Hurkacz won 79% of his first serve and did a great job having some mental lapses in his service. Nick Kyrgios continues to play excellent tennis on grass in Halle, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-2. Kyrgios won 91% of his first serve and was unbroken throughout the match. Kyrgios will be nearly unplayable on grass if he continues to serve in this way, having only been broken once in his three matches this week.

These two have never played before both players are huge favors and there will be very few (if any) chances to break each other. However, Kyrgios’ serve is a little trickier for opponents to read and is the better of the two when playing aggressive tennis from baseline. Hurkacz tends to be a bit passive from the baseline and the Australian could capitalize on that passivity at key moments of the match.

While Hurkacz will be right in this match, Kyrgios will prevail.
Prediction: Kyrgios at 3

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Daniil Medvedev vs Oscar Otti

Face to face: never played

Daniil Medvedev played strong and steady in his straight sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals, Medvedev won 82% of his first serve and saved all nine break points he faced. Oscar Otti continues to impress in Halle, coming back from a set behind to defeat Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (5) 6-4. Otti scored 22 aces and won 79% of his first serve points, giving Khachanov very few serving chances.

Medvedev’s first serve was superb against Bautista Agut, but he won only 7/21 second serve. Otti would appear aggressive and exploit this weakness in the Russian game. Ooty should also earn some free points with his strong first serve. With that said, Medvedev is one of the best returning players in men’s tennis and should bring back more Ooty serve into play than any of Ooty’s previous opponents at Halle.

In addition, even on the grass, Medvedev has incredible stability and depth from the baseline, and his flat ground kicks cut the field and make it difficult for Otti to attack. Look to Medvedev to force Otti to play more key points than he wants and frustrate the German, leading to a straight sets victory for the Russians.
Prediction: Medvedev at 2

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