Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Rotterdam)
It comes to the first semi-final in Rotterdam! It is Pablo Carreno Busta against Felix Auger-Aliassime in what should be another exciting matchup in Rotterdam.
Pablo Carreno Busta played an incredible match against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinal. Pablo Carreno Busta began the match by dictating play and it looked like Sinner could not figure out how to crack the Spaniard's game. Pablo Carreno Busta's first serve and second serve were both big and did not allow Sinner to get many returns into court. This allowed Pablo Carreno Busta to win the first set 7-5. However, in the second set, we saw Pablo Carreno Busta being a bit more weary of the occasion, the Spaniard began to struggle on his serve, and with this, more unforced errors came. Sinner was able to capitalise on this and steal the second set 6-3. In the third set, it looked like Sinner was going to continue his momentum, when he had 2 break points right at the beginning of the set, but Pablo Carreno Busta hung in there and managed to hold his serve. Following that, Sinner just seemed to be second best to Carreno Busta. Sinner was able to come back and eventually level the set when he broke to get to 5-5. In the tiebreak, Sinner again looked better than PBC, but when it mattered most, Pablo Carreno Busta saved 2 match points to eventually win the match. Pablo Carreno Busta is playing with house money and has nothing to lose here, he will be very dangerous in the semi-finals.
Felix Auger-Aliassime won his match against Aljaz Bedene in a very dominant and focused manner. The Canadian won the first set 6-4 and in the second set, came back in the tiebreak from being down 4-2 to eventually win it 8-6. FAA is a promising young player and he will want to use these early tournaments this year to make an even bigger name for himself on the tour. FAA's serve was incredible, he has improved it in recent matches and unless he is not able to serve properly, he will be a threat to anyone in 2020.
These two have never met before, and we are sure that their first encounter will live up to its billing. It will involve long rallies, amazing points, and passion. These two players are both incredible in their own manners, but when it comes to semi-finals of ATP500 tournaments, it comes down to experience and how you handle the occasion. Pablo Carreno Busta has much more experience and will be able to use this to his advantage and make it to the final of the 2020 Rotterdam Open.
Pablo Carreno Busta to win.