Alex de Minaur vs Gilles Simon
|Date & Time||Friday January 11, 2019, 9:00 AM (EST)|
NSW Tennis Centre
Sydney, New South Wales
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Australian tennis superstar, Alex de Minaur is set to play Gilles Simon from France in the semifinal of the 2019 ATP Sydney International.
Gilles Simon enters this match having won his previous match in 3 sets. It was a close match but Simon managed to win vital points during the third set to secure the victory. It has been a very good start to the year for Gilles Simon as this is going to be his second successive semifinal appearance. That being said, it is important to note that Gilles Simon has been struggling with his serve as the Frenchman has already lost 7 service games in this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Alex de Minaur has looked in exceptional form as the Australian has won all of his matches in straight sets. In his previous match, Alex de Minaur beat Jordan Thompson in straight sets. It was a comprehensive performance as Alex de Minaur won 4 break points to gain a big advantage. This tournament is being played at Alex de Minaur’s hometown of Sydney and that has resulted in the Australian getting tremendous support. With the crowd behind him, Alex de Minaur will be confident that he can win this match.
Alex de Minaur and Gilles Simon have played once in the past. The match was played last season at ATP Tokyo where Alex de Minaur won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to side with Alex de Minaur to win. While Gilles Simon is more experienced, Alex de Minaur is playing at home and looks in exceptional form. Furthermore, Alex de Minaur will be feeling confident considering he beat Gilles Simon last season. Taking all the information into consideration, I am picking Alex de Minaur to win this match.