Roger Federer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas - Semifinals - Basel Open - Preview and Prediction
We all set for what should be the best match of the tournament. Roger Federer, the world number 3, will face off against number 7, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals of the Basel Open tonight.
- Federer is targeting a 15th Basel Open final
- Tsitsipas will be aiming for his first final in Basel
- Federer is on a 22 match winning streak in Basel
- The head to head record between Federer and Tsitsipas is equally poised at 1-1
- A lot of records are in the offering for Federer, 4th title of 2019 and a 103rd career title
- Tsitsipas has won two titles in 2019
- Tsitsipas has defeated Federer and Nadal once each and Djokovic twice in 2019
- Interestingly, both Federer and Tsitsipas practiced with each other in Basel
An ageless Federer continues to stun everyone with his flexibility and longevity. The maestro has been in beast mode in his hometown so far.
He kick-started his campaign, thrashing Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 32. He slammed 12 aces and converted 50% of his breakpoints.
Number 49, Radu Albot was blown away 6-0 6-3. With a high first-serve winning percentage of 77, the Swiss superstar was unstoppable.
His compatriot, Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the much-awaited quarterfinal due to a back injury.
On the other hand, Tsitsipas won easily against Albert-Ramos Vinolas 6-3 7-6 in the round of 32.
World number 70, Ricardas Berankis, took the first set 7-6 in the pre-quarterfinals. But Tsitsipas came back roaring to win the next two sets 6-2 6-4.
A similar pattern unfolded in the quarterfinals, as Tsitsipas edged past number 46, Filip Krajinovic in three sets in the quarterfinals.
Federer will be fresher having spent less time on the court. On the other hand, Tsitsipas has spent more than five hours on court.
Experience and youth, aggressiveness and defensiveness, Federer's backhand and Tsitsipas's backhand, it will be tough to choose the winner.
Federer will be a slight favourite in Basel considering the massive home support.
Will the Old Guard stand strong or will the New Star take centre-stage?
Only time will tell the answer
Roger Federer to win in three sets
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