August 16, 2022

There are eight men left standing in Halle after four days of brilliant tennis. On Friday, these eight men compete for a place in the semi-finals. Six of the tournament’s eight seeds remain, with world number one Daniil Medvedev leading the charge to the trophy. The Russian will stop, but Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz will surely like their chances. With that in mind, let’s take a look at who we think should make the semi-finals on Saturday in our ATP Halle quarter-final predictions. As always, please let us know your views in the comments section below if you have anything you would like to add or discuss!

ATP Halle quarter-final predictions

Oscar Otte vs. Karen Khachanov

Face to face: first meeting

This should be a fun match to watch. Oscar Otte and Karen Lhachanov both hit a big ball and have a dangerous serve when he shoots. Khachanov is probably the most complete player. That being said, he has shown a tendency to vomit from time to time. Otte will go for his shots early on and probably won’t change that whether they find the mark or not. That should work in the Russian’s favor here as he has a bit more variety in his game which he can use to knock the German off his pace. If both play well and the number of errors doesn’t rise too high on either side of the net, Khachanov should just edge this one. If not, no one can guess what is going on.

Prediction: Khachanov in 3
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Nick Kyrgios vs. Pablo Carreno Busta

Head to head: 2 – 0 Kyrgios

Pablo Carreno Busta will no doubt be there to prove a point in this game. Nick Kyrgios has openly criticized the Spaniards’ tennis ability in recent years. In fact, the Aussie once said that Carreno Busta would be nothing without clay courts. It’s a bit ridiculous considering that Carreno Busta has twice played in a Grand Slam semi-final on hard courts. He also has three ATP titles on the surface. Unfortunately, the Spaniard may find it difficult to get revenge for those comments here as Kyrgios looks superb on the grass and is in great form for this game. There are still doubts about his mental toughness after collapsing in his last game against Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, the Aussie normally limits himself to one major meltdown per tournament so he should be more focused and ready to play here. If so, it’s hard to see him losing.

Prediction: Kyrgios in 3
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Felix Auger-Aliassime versus Hubert Hurkacz

Head to head: 2 – 0 Auger-Aliassime

It’s a great match between the rising stars of the men’s game. Hubert Hurkacz has had a very eventful year so far. However, he seems to be good on grass again. The Polish number 1 reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and is hoping for an equally impressive performance this time around. However, things don’t look good for him when it comes to advancing to Halle as he faces Auger-Aliassime next. The Canadian appears to be in superb form and is one of the most complete players on the ATP Tour. He is one big tournament win away from taking the final big step in his rise and establishing himself as a permanent Grand Slam contender on all surfaces. He too has a great game on grass and reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes a step or two this year, both at Wimbledon and here in Halle.

Prediction: Auger-Aliassime in 2
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Daniil Medvedev vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut

Head to head: 3 – 0 Bautista-Agut

Well, things aren’t looking good for Medvedev when it comes to capturing a title to make up for the one he surely feels like he let slip last week at the Den Bosch Open. The world number 1 has been dominant so far this week and certainly looks the favorite. Nevertheless, he will be very unhappy to face Roberto Bautista-Agut in the quarter-finals. The pair have met three times on hard courts, twice in the past two years. During these three meetings, Medvedev won only one set. Medvedev is certainly a capable player on grass and will like his chances here. However, his defensive wall is not as impenetrable on these courts. The ball often stays low and out of his strike zone, which makes things difficult for the Russian. He is the deserved favorite here. However, I think the Spaniard and his effective forehand have a real chance of being upset if Medvedev is even slightly out of his game.

Prediction: Bautista-Agut in 3
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