TennisSection previews the 2021 Halle Open as Andrey Rublev (4) meets Ugo Humbert in the Final on Sunday June 20th, 2021.
Andrey Rublev has established himself as a global superstar, and is seeking his first grass-court title here at the 2021 Halle Open. In his way is the promising Frenchman Ugo Humbert, who is also seeking his first title on this surface and first overall for the year. Who will get the win here and become the champion in Halle?
Andrey Rublev is the fourth seed here at the 2021 Halle Open, and is ranked #7 on the ATP Tour. The Russian star has been dominating the ATP-500 tournament scene over the past two years, and is finally starting to make waves in the bigger events. He did not have much grass court experience before entering this event in Halle but has been outstanding so far, and is yet to lose a set. Rublev is yet to be truly tested, with wins over Jordan Thompson, Karen Khachanov and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Quarter-Finals. In the Semis, he got off to a strong start but then dropped his concentration and the second set to Nikolosz Basilashvili before recovering well to win the third 6-3. His opponent Ugo Humbert is playing well, so he will not be afforded the luxury of such lapses in focus if he is to win here.
Ugo Humbert is currently ranked #31 on the ATP Tour and is a very talented young lefty. He burst onto the scene with some outstanding performances last season, and while he has so far failed to replicate that in 2021, he has seemingly found form here on the grass at the 2021 Halle Open.The young Frenchman has been hugely impressive here so far in Halle, stunning Alexander Zverev and also having solid wins over Sebastian Korda and Stuttgart Finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime. While he is the massive underdog here against Andrey Rublev, the Russian is not totally comfortable on the grass and an upset is a possibility if he plays some of his best tennis.
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Andrey Rublev leading the head to head series 1-0. The Russian won their only meeting last year in St. Petersburg, in a very tough three setter. This match would normally be straightforward if it was on any other surface, as Rublev has dominated on everything but grass. While he has been impressive so far, he is still not 100% comfortable and the talented Ugo Humbert is capable of some solid tennis. All things considered, I am still going to back the Russian to claim the title here at the 2021 Halle Open. He has an extra gear that Humbert doesn’t, and I expect him to be victorious in a very close Final.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win