Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Taylor Fritz - 2021 Doha Open Semi-Finals
Friday, March 12th 2021
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Nikoloz Basilashvili meets Taylor Fritz in the semi finals of the 2021 Doha Open on Friday, March 12th 2021.
Will Taylor Fritz be take advantage of this great hand he has been delt at the Doha Open, or will Nikoloz Basilashvili make his way to his first Final in since the 2019 Hamburg Open?
Taylor Fritz put on a very composed performance against Denis Shapovalov on Thursday, making sure to keep going at it with his game plan even though he seemed to be down and out after the first set. The first set was all in favour of Shapovalov, winning 24/24 points on his serve. Fritz struggled more on his serve in that set, and lost it 5-7. However, Taylor was able to use his fighting spirit to cause the upset by winning the next two sets 5=7/6-3/7-5. Taylor showed a lot of guts in that match, and I am sure this will give him some confidence coming into this semi final.
Nikoloz Basilashvili seems to be in great form here in Doha, beating being able to beat Malek Jaziri in the second round, and causing a shocking upset past Roger Federer in the quarter finals, beating the Swiss legeng in 3 sets 3-6/6-1/7-5. Nikoloz shocked us all here and he was able to maintain his composure after an incredibly tough first set loss. Federer was not able to keep up with the energy and pace thrown at him from Basilashvili, and it is not a shock as he it was his second match in over 400 days.
This is going to be the 2nd encounter between these two players, with Taylor Fritz having won their prior encounter. Unfortunately for Nikoloz Basilashvili, he is coming up against a very energetic, talented, and determined Taylor Fritz in this semi final. I expect this to be a very solid victory for Taylor Fritz, who will show the tennis world that he is a player to look out for in the next couple of years. I expect this to be a tight 2 set match, with Taylor Fritz winning and making his way to the 2021 Doha Final.