ATP Halle 🇩🇪 Day 2 Results
Lloyd Harris d Gael Monfils (8) 6-4 6-4
Harris was just more consistent overall. Monfils' motivation has clearly decreased after a big rush in his home country for Roland Garros, and is back to competing against the next gen.
Lukas Lacko d Guido Pella 6-7(5) 7-5 6-1
Lacko was the favourite, and was digging all match for a break, coming at the end of the second set. From there, the ship sailed nicely for an easy third set.
Kei Nishikori d Ricardas Berankis 6-3 2-6 6-2
Despite a scare from the Lithuanian, it was the man from Japan to bring it home. Nishikori has a reasonably good grass record, and did well to win the third set convincingly.
Jan-Lennard Struff d Daniil Medvedev (1) 7-6(6) 6-2
Medvedev's grass record has not been great, and I did think Struff did have a chance, but after Medvedev was up 4-1 in the first set, I did not see a choke, especially in the first set. Medvedev is extremely inconsistent and cannot be trusted in the betting.
Phiipp Kohlscreiber d Jurij Rodionov 6-4 6-3
The experienced German was too good for the in-form Austrian. Kohlschreiber is ageing, but his tenacity is ever-lasting, continuing to show why he was once a champion on the Halle grass courts a decade ago.
Nikoloz Basilashvilli d Gilles Simon 6-1 3-6 6-4
There have been some concerns recently about Basilashvilli's mental health, but Simon's motivation to play is worse. Simon makes it 8 straight losses, and is turning into Monfils in terms of motivation. Simon is 36yo, and clearly at the tail end of his career, so there is no doubt he will continue to flail.
Andrey Rublev (4) d Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-6(5)
A Russian affair! Both players not in fine form, but always have interesting matchups. Rublev does not tend to do well against fellow Russians like Aslan Karatsev, but he turned the tables, defeating his fellow compatriot in a somewhat close affair.
Felix Auger-Aliassime d Hubert Hurkacz 6-3 7-5
Felix continues his decent run against an inconsistent Hurkacz. Hurkacz has been very cold recently, whereas Felix is finding his feet well on grass, winning 4/5 matches so far this season on grass.
Ugo Humbert d Sam Querrey 4-6 7-6(4) 7-6(5)
Humbert only served two aces less than the America (12-14), but won points when it mattered. Querrey broke once more than Humbert during the match, but Humbert did well in keeping the aggressive. Being left handed probably helped him here against a less effective groundstroke in Querrey's backhand.
Arthur Rinderknech d Yannick Hanfmann 7-5 6-3
The big serving Frenchman makes his way up the rankings, defeating German Hanfmann in a consistently played two sets from Rinderknech. If his serve can continue to damage, then it will be great to see against Nikolos Basilashvilli.
Alexander Zverev (3) d Dominik Koepfer 6-4 3-6 6-3
Zverev does not always do well against his fellow compatriot's either. In Round 1 of the Roland Garros, fellow German Oscar Otte took the first two sets off him, before taking control winning in a great comeback 5 setter. Koepfer is not bad on grass, but Zverev obviously more established.