Hamburg European Open ATP - Saturday's Schedule of play as Tsitsipas takes on Garin
Semifinals will start on Saturday at the 2020 Hamburg European Open as only the best 4 remained in the draw in Germany.
The Hamburg European Open is coming to a close and as it usually is when tournaments come to an end we have only 4 players who will step onto the courts tomorrow. A week full of good tennis has come to this and the two semifinals will determine which players will battle it out for the title. The first semifinal features Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev two players who know each other well and who played against each other on these very courts last year. They shared the court twice on clay and Rublev won both times in three sets.
The 2nd semifinal will be a match between Tsitsipas and Garin. Two players who are polar opposites as their playstyles differ quite a bit as well as their court of preference. Garin is a player who loves to play on clay and he has a very good record on it. Stefanos on the other hand is no stranger to clay but it's not his preferred. They met once before in 2018 at the Le Gosier Challenger where Garin won on hard courts in straight sets. Will he be able to repeat the result on his favourite surface?
Hamburg European Open Schedule of Play:
Friday, September 25th, 2020:
Only the best eight players remained in the draw for the 2020 Hamburg European Open and anyone can become a champion as all of the players are showing a great level of tennis. In the first quarterfinal match, the fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista will take on no. 5 in Hamburg, Andrey Rublev.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is the second-seeded in Hamburg and he will take on in-form playing Dusan Lajovic. The Greek outplayed Lajovic last year in Rome on clay and would like to show the same performance also today.
After this match, we'll see one of the two matches without a seeded player on Friday. Two players, that are showing an exceptional level will battle for the semifinal spot. Ugo Humbert defeated Daniil Medvedev and Jiri Vesely without losing a set. On the other hand, his quarterfinal opponent, Casper Ruud didn't lose a set against Benoit Paire and Fabio Fognini.
The second match where there will be no seeded player will see Christian Garin and Alexander Bublik playing for the last semifinal spot. Garin defeated Nishikori and Hanfmann in the previous rounds, while Bublik didn't lose a set against Ramos and Auger-Aliassime.
12:00 Bautista R. (Esp) - Rublev A. (Rus)
Thursday, September 24th, 2020:
Following yesterday's great day of tennis, today promises to be an even better one. The Hamburg European Opens continues with 4 matches out of which the first will be between Khachanov and Lajovic. It's a good match to open a great day of tennis which will continue with Tsitsipas - Cuevas later in the day.
After them, we will see Ugo Humbert take on Jiri Vesely in a bid for the quarterfinal before the program gets closed out by Ruud and Fognini. Stick with us as we will have recaps for you as well.
12:30 Khachanov K. (Rus) - Lajovič D. (Srb)
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020:
An action packed day in Hamburg on Wednesday kicks off with a match between Ruud and Paire. The Frenchman has been an abysmal performer for months so maybe Hamburg will turn things around for him. The schedule will continue with Garin and Hanfmann after whom Tsitsipas and Evans will battle it out. The latter part of the day will feature solid matches between Rublev and Paul and Bublik and Auger-Aliassime. The day will end with a super interesting clash between Bautista-Agut and Dominik Koepfer who will defend the honour of Germany in front of his home crowd.
10:00 Ruud C. (Nor) - Paire B. (Fra)
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020:
We've seen only 4 matches on Monday with the fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev being the most interesting name in the line-up. On Tuesday, however, also the first-seeded Daniil Medvedev will join the action.
The second day will begin with a meeting of Christian Garin and Kei Nishikori. The Japanese player can't find a rhythm on the clay yet as he has lost 2 out of 3 matches he played. We'll also see Roberto Bautista facing Nikoloz Basilashvili on the second day.
Gael Monfils will take on Yannick Hanfmann as Felix Auger-Aliassime will try to fight past the first round on clay after losing to Krajinovic in Rome. The young Canadian will take on Lorenzo Sonego. Another Italian in the schedule, Fabio Fognini will meet Philip Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.
We'll also see Russian duo Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev. While the first mentioned will take on Jan-Lennard Struff. The first-seeded Medvedev will meet Ugo Humbert in the last match of the day.
10:00 Garin C. (Chi) - Nišikori K. (Jpn)
10:35 Bautista R. (Esp) - Basilashvili N. (Geo)
11:30 Nishioka Y. (Jpn) - Koepfer D. (Ger)
12:00 Hanfmann Y. (Ger) - Monfils G. (Fra)
13:00 Sonego L. (Ita) - Auger-Aliassime F. (Can)
13:30 Kohlschreiber P. (Ger) - Fognini F. (Ita)
14:30 Bublik A. (Kaz) - Ramos A. (Esp)
15:00 Khachanov K. (Rus) - Struff J-L. (Ger)
16:00 Lajovič D. (Srb) - Mannarino A. (Fra)
18:00 Medvedev D. (Rus) - Humbert U. (Fra)
Monday, September 21st, 2020:
Monday in Hamburg will begin with the first match of the tournament between Taylor Fritz and Pablo Cuevas. The two will meet for the first time on the ATP Tour as the winner can possibly meet the second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.
Another player that has a high chance of meeting a very strong opponent in the second round will come from the match between Jiri Vesely and Gilles Simon. The two will fight for the spot in the next round where they can meet the first-seeded Daniil Medvedev.
In the next two matches of the day, we'll get to know the first second-round matchup of the tournament. First, Kevin Anderson will take on Tommy Paul, and then the winner of the match will get to know his second-round opponent from the match between the fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev and qualifier, Tennys Sandgren.
10:30 Fritz T. (Usa) - Cuevas P. (Uru)
12:00 Veselý J. (Cze) - Simon G. (Fra)
13:30 Paul T. (Usa) - Anderson K. (Rsa)
15:00 Sandgren T. (Usa) - Rublev A. (Rus)