Karen Khachanov vs. Matteo Berrettini
|Date & Time||Friday June 21, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
Gerry Weber Stadion
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Karen Khachanov and Matteo Berrettini meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Halle Open.
Karen Khachanov is coming off a three sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Khachanov won 78 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Khachanov won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his seven break points. Khachanov got 51 percent of his first serves in play, saved five of his seven break points and hit 11 aces. Khachanov will be a lot more effective if he can bump up his first serve percentage. Khachanov has won five of his last seven matches that have gone the distance. Khachanov looks to win three matches for the second time in his last three tournaments. Khachanov has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
Matteo Berrettini is coming off a straight sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Berrettini won 83 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Berrettini won 76 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. Berrettini got 66 percent of his first serves in play, saved two of his three break points and hit 12 aces. Berrettini has not quietly won 19 of his last 22 matches and has hit 22 aces through his first two performances this tournament. It’s fair to say that Berrettini has found his groove and is easily playing some of the best tennis we’ve ever seen from him. Berrettini has won his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played twice this year and Berrettini won both meetings, including Stuttgart and Sofia. This will be the second match on grass.
There’s no betting against Berrettini in his current form, as he’s won seven straight on this surface and 19 of his last 22 matches overall. Berrettini also beat Khachanov twice this year, which includes a three set victory literally last week. At this point it’s probably wise to continue backing Berrettini until he shows signs of cooling off. The guy is arguably the hottest player on the men’s side at the moment.
The Italian makes the semifinals.