Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime
|Date & Time||Friday May 24, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Nikoloz Basilashvili and Felix Auger-Aliassime meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Lyon Open.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is coming off a straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Basilashvili won 72 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Basilashvili won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his four break points. Basilashvili got 63 percent of his first serves in play and faced only two break points. It was a very clean match for Basilashvili against a dangerous opponent, and now six of his last seven wins overall have been decided in straight sets. Basilashvili hopes to make his first final appearance since last years China Open and the fifth final appearance of his career. Basilashvili has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is coming off a three sets win over Steve Johnson that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Auger-Aliassime won 76 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Auger-Aliassime won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his seven break points. Auger-Aliassime got 66 percent of his first serves in play and hit 11 aces. Auger-Aliassime has served out of his mind in each of his first two matches this tournament and has a real chance to win this title if he can keep it up. Auger-Aliassime looks to win three straight matches for the first time since the Miami Open. Auger-Aliassime hopes to make his second final of his career and first since this years Rio Open. Auger-Aliassime has split his last six matches on clay court.
These two played once, which was this year in Miami, a match Auger-Aliassime won in straight sets. The match was decided in 23 games.
You can make a case for either one of these guys in this near toss-up match, but I’m leaning toward Auger-Aliassime. The talented Canadian is serving at an elite level at the moment and you can just see the confidence growing. If Auger-Aliassime is going to continue getting 70 percent of his first serves in play while racking up double-digit aces, he’s probably going to win the title. Auger-Aliassime was also in complete control of the match against Basilashvili a couple of months ago.
I like Auger-Aliassime to make his second career final.