Saturday's Matches to Watch: Herbert v. Berdych; Fratangelo v. Krueger

Saturday's Matches to Watch: Herbert v. Berdych; Fratangelo v. Krueger

Herbert has broken into the Top 40, and he's now trying to win the first singles title of his career.

Open Sud de France Semifinals

Tomas Berdych (CZE) - UTR 15.56, ATP No. 79

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) - UTR 15.30, ATP No. 44

Welcome to the Top 40 Mr. Herbert! The Frenchman continues to dazzle his hometown fans with stunning displays of athleticism and shot-making. Herbert routinely dispatched the talented Denis Shapovalov in straight sets and will now face the bruising Czech Tomas Berdych for a spot in the final.

Berdych is still both the UTR and Vegas oddsmakers favorite to take the title in Montpellier, but Herbert will have other plans. There is an aura about the Frenchman this week. Herbert is playing with more confidence than ever before. He will need to serve well to stand a chance against the powerful ground game of Berdych. If he can continue to earn free points on his serve, he absolutely stands a chance against the 2012 champion. While Berdych is back on the right track, he had to save two match points to defeat Filip Krajinovic. This match will be decided by just a few points here and there. Without a doubt, this feels like Herbert’s best chance to capture the ever-elusive first ATP title.

RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas Semifinals

Mitchell Krueger (USA) - UTR 14.66, ATP 209

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) - UTR 15.05, ATP 130

Hometown hero Mitchell Krueger spent his whole life training on the courts at T Bar M Racquet Club in Dallas. He chose to forgo several full scholarship offers from various Big 12 conference programs to pursue his dream of professional tennis. He will rise to ATP No. 181, and another victory on his home court is vital for his acceptance into Grand Slam qualifying rounds.

Unfortunately for Krueger, he is facing Bjorn Fratangelo, former Roland Garros junior champion and world No. 130. Fratangelo owns a career record of 8-1 over the Dallas native. All in all, including juniors, they have faced off at least 20 times. But don’t count the Texan out: there is something special about playing on your home court. Krueger will have full support of the crowd, and having made it to the weekend, will have one of the larger cheering squads you will ever see at a Challenger event. All metrics point towards another victory for Fratangelo, but do not underestimate the magic of playing with adrenaline—on the courts you grew up playing on.


ATP Cordoba: Mon - Sun, 2/4 - 2/10
Starting Monday, 2/4 at 1:30 p.m. ET, catch live coverage of the Cordoba Open featuring top seeds Fabio Fognini and Diego Schwartzman.

ATP Montpellier: Tue - Sun, 2/5 - 2/10
Watch Lucas Pouille, Denis Shapovalov and Gilles Simon live on Tennis Channel Plus beginning Tuesday, 2/5 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

USTA Men's Pro Circuit – Dallas: Mon - Sun, 2/4 - 2/10
Tennis Channel Plus features live coverage of USTA Dallas matches beginning Monday, 2/4 12:00 p.m. ET

Fed Cup Quarterfinals: Sat - Sun, 2/9 - 2/10
Tennis Channel Plus is your home for Fed Cup action! Watch first to last ball action beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, 2/9