September 25, 2022

After Andrey Rublev’s early crash, Halle’s other seeds held on in the first round. What this means for tennis fans is a stacked second round that should be fun to watch. Whether they can continue to perform is a question that needs to be answered and I will do my best to answer it in this set of ATP Halle Day 3 predictions. Feel free to leave a comment below if you would like have your say on my predictions or share your own ideas. Always happy to hear from you fellow tennis fans.

ATP Halle Day 3 Predictions

Pablo Carreno-Busta vs. Sebastian Korda

Head to head: 1 – 0 Carreno-Busta

Pablo Carreno-Busta was slow to settle in his Halle opener but eventually managed to pull off a straight-sets win over Holger Rune. He now faces a tougher challenge in Sebastian Korda. The American beat Christian Garin in straight sets in his last game and has the tools to hurt most players on grass. If Carreno-Busta can keep his countdown down and hit the ground running this time around, I think he has the upper hand. He needs to keep the ball away from Korda’s forehand as much as possible to secure the win and I think he’s a smart enough player to get the job done in that regard. Choose Spaniard to advance in this one.

Prediction: Carreno-Busta in 3
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Hubert Hurkacz vs Ugo Humbert

Face to face: first meeting

Neither of these two were particularly convincing in their first-round matches. Ugo Humbert was pushed over the edge by Radu Albot who, to his credit, played superb tennis. Hubert Hurkacz, meanwhile, was taken the distance by Maxime Cressy largely because he was not clinical enough in the second set. When he sings, the Pole is one of the best players in men’s football. However, Humbert’s game is just as well suited to this surface and he is the defending champion in Halle. If the young French star serves well, he is very difficult to beat. He did just that in his first game and he can definitely take his game up a notch or two. Hurkacz won’t get away with taking his foot off the accelerator a second time in this deep Halle draw.

Prediction: Humbert in 2
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Felix Auger-Aliassime against Mackenzie McDonald

Head-to-head: 1 – 0 McDonald’s

Félix Auger-Aliassime was very good for most of his last game against Marcos Giron. However, patches of poor play in the second set are cause for concern. The young Canadian has a game that translates well to any surface and he can beat anyone when he shoots. However, he still vomits the occasional game where he overdoes it and mistakes flow freely from his racquet. Luckily, those times are a lot less frequent this year and he should be able to hold his own here as he takes on another American at Mackenzie McDonald. McDonald looked good in his first-round match – a straight-sets win over Huesler – but Auger-Aliassime seems like a step too far for him in this one.

Prediction: Auger-Aliassime in 2
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Daniel Medvedev vs David Goffin

Head to head: 3 – 1 Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev is probably still reeling from his loss in the final last week at the Den Bosch Open. That makes him a dangerous prospect here in Halle. The Russian is undoubtedly at his best on the hard courts, but his grass game isn’t far behind and he’s a real threat on the surface. He lost his only grass court encounter with David Goffin 3-2 at Wimbledon in 2019. However, he has improved a lot since then and I don’t see the Belgian having enough firepower to overtake him. He’ll have to throw the kitchen sink at the Russian from the first point and maintain that level long enough to win two sets against one of the best defenders in the men’s game seems a bit difficult.

Prediction: Medvedev in 2
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Nick Kyrgios vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas

Head to head: 2 – 1 Kyrgios

I wrote yesterday that I was not convinced by Stefanos Tsitsipas and that I did not like his chances in Halle and some of you disagreed with me. Then he went and looked shaky at best against Benjamin Bonzi, a man with very little grass-court experience at this level. The Greek’s reward for the unconvincing victory is a game against a superb grass player in Nick Kyrgios. The Aussie saw Altmaier in straight sets in his opener and looked good doing it. Tsitsipas can’t do much to hurt Kyrgios on the grass. Kyrgios’ flat groundstrokes, superior serve and immense touch at net make him a tough prospect for anyone. If Kyrgios stays committed and calm, he should win here. Otherwise, we’ll probably have three sets that could be decided if he can get his emotions under control. I think he looks focused enough this year to get the job done in this one.

Prediction: Kyrgios in 2

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