Robin Haase vs. Guido Pella
|Date & Time||Saturday July 21, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Guido Pella and Robin Haase meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Croatia Open.
Guido Pella is coming off a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Pella won 71 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Pella lost just 21 of 73 service points and won a big first set tiebreak to set the tone of the match early. Pella hasn’t played perfect tennis and has struggled at times with his return, but he’s been able to grind out matches like he was able to do in the Wimbledon. Pella is showing his fitness and showing he’s capable of coming away with the big points when needed most to squeak out a victory. It’s not always pretty with Pella, but he’s been able to do just enough to see another day. Pella has a chance to make his third career final appearance and first since last years Bavarian Championships. Pella has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
Robin Haase is coming off a straight sets win over Andrey Rublev that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Haase won 81 percent of his first serve points and 51 percent of his second serve points. Haase won 65 percent of his total service points and was able to save six of his seven break chances. Haase is coming off his easiest match of the tournament, as his previous two matches needed three sets. While that’s encouraging, you have to question how much Haase has left in the tank considering he’s also playing doubles with his partner Matwe Middelkoop. This is a lot of tennis and a test of his conditioning considering Haase hasn’t made many deep tournament runs over the years, especially when it comes to singles play. Haase has a chance to make his sixth career final appearance and first since the 2016 Swiss Open. Haase has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
This is a tough match to predict, as Pella hasn’t played great but has simply found ways to win. Haas has played cleaner, sharper tennis and is coming off his best match yet, but fatigue has to be a question given the amount of tennis he’s playing. With all that said, I’m backing Haase simply because he’s played the best match between these two players and has been cleaner with his serve. Pella may be the fresher player, but he’s allowed his opponents to hang around far too often.
Haase reaches his first final in two years.