TennisSection previews the 2022 Basel Open as Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on Alexander Bublik in the quarterfinal on Friday, October 28th, 2022.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is a man on a mission this autumn. The Canadian is gunning for his fourth ATP title of the season and his third in as many weeks at the Basel Open. How will he fare when he takes on the volatile Alexander Bublik in an intriguing quarterfinal clash?
Felix Auger-Aliassime reached his 15th quarterfinal of 2022 – the most by any player this season. He demolished MiomirKecmanovic in 49 minutes in a display of near-perfection. With the ATP Race to Turin heating up for the last spot, Auger-Aliassime is not resting on his laurels as he looks to stamp his ticket for the season-ending championships for the first time. He’s got destiny in his own hands and two more victories will tie him with Andrey Rublev in sixth place. Can he overcome the unpredictable Alexander Bublik?
Alexander Bublik tends to blow hot and cold, but when he is on, he is a joy to watch. Bublik has been in good form on indoor hard courts throughout 2022. He won his first ATP title in Montpellier in February, besting Alexander Zverev in the final. And he picked up his 14th win on the surface by defeating Aslan Karatsev at the Basel Open to reach his sixth quarterfinal of the season.
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Bublik are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head. Although the pair have not crossed swords since the 2020 Hamburg Open. Auger-Aliassime is developing into a mental giant. Not only has overcome the finals hurdle (lost eight successive ATP finals at the start of the season), but he appears to relish the occasion now (won his last two in succession). The floodgates have well and truly opened up for the Canadian powerhouse who is not taking his eye off the ball. He called his display over Kecmanovic ‘the best match of he has played in his life’ and I don’t think he will come close to replicate that performance. Nonetheless, he should power past Bublik here.
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