Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev will meet for the sixth time in a blockbuster semifinal showdown from Rotterdam on Saturday, after both survived close three-setters against Karen Khachanov and Jeremy Chardy, in the previous round.
Though he’s been winning, it’s become clear that the slow Rotterdam court is not Rublev’s favorite. The 23-year-old has regularly showed signs of frustration, and was downright inconsolable when he found himself down 0-3 to Chardy in the second set.
While Chardy is a frustrating player when he's on, this type of attitude from Rublev will give Tsitsipas wind beneath his wings.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas showcased his brilliant all-court game against Khachanov, converting 33/41 points at net against the Russian. And despite being down 1-3 in the third set, the world No. 6 fought back valiantly to outlast Khachanov, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. At -152, Tsitsipas seems like a rock-solid bet, and will likely cover his -1.5 game spread as well.
Rublev won just 41 percent of second-serve points against Chardy, a number he’ll need to pump way up if he plans on defeating Tsitsipas for his 19th consecutive win at the ATP 500 level. If the Greek's backhand holds up, Tsitsipas might not need all three sets to defeat his budding rival.
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