Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Gerry Weber Stadion
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Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Sergiy Stakhovsky meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Halle Open.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert is coming off a straight sets win over Gael Monfils that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Herbert won 74 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Herbert won 67 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his seven break points. Herbert got 62 percent of his first serves in play and faced just two break points in a match that took a little over an hour and a half. It was a solid win over a top-20 player and a nice confidence boost for the Frenchman who entered this tournament losing five of his last eight main tour matches. Herbert looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the Hungarian Open. Herbert has won five of his last eight matches on grass court.
Sergiy Stakhovsky is coming off a three sets win over Rudolf Molleker that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Stakhovsky won 94 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Stakhovsky won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his 16 break points. Stakhovsky was very aggressive with his return, won 46 of 48 first serve points and piled on 29 aces. I’m not sure where this Stakhovsky has been all season, but he’s capable of pulling off some upsets in this tournament and moving forward if he’s able to bottle up what he did in his opening match. Stakhovsky has a chance to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the first time since Marseille. Stakhovsky has won four of his last five matches on grass court.
These two played twice in 2015 (Metz and Winston-Salem) and Herbert won both meetings in straight sets.
You have to consider Stakhovsky in this match given how he served in his opener, as he’s capable of a deep tournament run if he’s going to be that dominant. Then again, you also have to consider his competition and the fact Stakhovsky hasn’t had a respectable tournament run since February. Herbert cruised in the previous two matches against Stakhovsky and has a rest advantage heading into this contest. Herbert also beat a really good player in Monfils to get here.
I have to side with Herbert.