ATP Halle Quarterfinal Predictions – Dannil Medvedev vs Roberto Bautista

There are eight men left standing in Halle after four days of brilliant tennis. Friday will see those eight men battle it out for a spot in the semi-finals. Six of the tournament’s top eight seeds remain, with World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev leading the charge towards the trophy. It will take a while for the Russian to stop, but the likes of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz will surely like his chances. With that in mind, let’s take a look at who we think should reach the semi-finals on Saturday in our ATP Halle quarter-final predictions. As always, feel free to let us know your views in the comments section below if you have anything you’d like to add or discuss.

ATP Halle Quarterfinal Predictions

Oscar Otte vs. Karen Khachanov

Face to face: First meeting

This should be a fun match to watch. Both Oscar Otte and Karen Lhachanov hit a big ball and have a dangerous serve when he is shooting. Khachanov is probably the most complete player. That said, he has shown a tendency to throw a surprise every now and then. Otte will be looking for his shot early on and probably won’t change that regardless of whether they’re finding the mark. That should work in the Russian’s favor here, as he has a bit more variety in his game that he can use to get the German out of his rhythm. If they both play well and the error count doesn’t go too high on either side of the net, Khachanov should get through this one. If not, nobody knows what happens.

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

Head-to-head: 2 – 0 Kyrgios

Pablo Carreño Busta will undoubtedly come out to prove a point in this match. Nick Kyrgios has openly criticized the tennis ability of the Spanish in recent years. In fact, the Australian once said that Carreño Busta would be nothing without clay courts. That’s a bit of a ridiculous statement given the fact that Carreno Busta has twice reached 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 do much to avenge such comments here, as Kyrgios is excellent on grass and is in excellent form for this match. There are doubts about his mental strength once again after a collapse in his last match against Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, the Aussie usually keeps it to one big collapse per tournament, so he should be more focused and ready to act here. If that’s the case, it’s hard to see him lose.

Prediction: Kyrgios in 3
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Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Hubert Hurkacz

Head-to-head: 2 – 0 Auger-Aliassime

This is a great matchup between two rising stars in the men’s game. Hubert Hurkacz has had a very high and low year so far. However, he seems to be coming in handy on grass once again. The Polish No. 1 reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and is expecting an equally impressive display this time. However, things don’t look good for him moving forward in Halle, as he faces off against Auger-Aliassime next. The Canadian appears to be in excellent 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 ascension and establishing himself as a perennial Grand Slam contender on all surfaces. He also has a great game on the grass court and reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes another step or two this year, both at Wimbledon and here in Halle.

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

Head-to-head: 3 – 0 Bautista-Agut

Well, things are not looking good for Medvedev in terms of capturing a title to make up for the one he surely feels slipped away from him last week at the Den Bosch Open. The World No. 1 has been dominant so far this week and certainly looks like the favourite. However, he will be very unhappy about facing Roberto Bautista-Agut in the quarterfinals. The pair have met three times on hard courts, twice in the last two years. In those three meetings, Medvedev won just one set. Medvedev is certainly a capable grass-court player and he will like his chances here. However, his defense wall is not that impenetrable on these courts. The ball is often kept low and out of his strike zone, making 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 causing an upset if Medvedev is a bit offside.

Forecast: Bautista-Agut in 3
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