Laslo Djere d Nikoloz Basilashvilli (3) 6-2 6-2
The 2-times Title winner saw off the 2-time Hambug Champ! The Serb now holds a 4-1 H2H over the man from Georgia. Djere winning 83% of his first serves, and converting 4/7 (57%) of his break point opportunities, backing this up very well with no opportunities for Basilashvilli. Djere was matching the aggression from the other side of the court, and forced 'Basil' to increase his unforced error count.
Filip Krajinovic d Stefanos Tsitsipas (1) 3-6 6-1 6-3
Many people forget this, but Tsitsipas is only 22. In the past there have been questions hovering over Tsitsipas' mental toughness, as it has been known to crumble against people like Daniil Medvedev. Tsitsipas has made a name for himself written in the clay, but little did we know that the angry Tsitsipas would come out of his shell and self-destruct. In the first set it was standard, and Tsitsipas serving 11 aces to 1, but it was the Serb with 79% of first serve compared to just 61% for the Greek.
Federico Delbonis d Benoit Paire (8) 4-6 7-6(9) 6-4
After Paire's win yesterday, it was clear this tournament meant something, especially playing in front of his girlfriend. The Frenchman started off well, taking the first set simply. Delbonis remmained persistent, paying off in the tiebreaker, saving 4 match points! Delbonis then clinched a break at 4-4, to serve for the match at 5-4, then serving to love. Paire surpisingly did not struggle with the match fitness, but it is likely he had already mentally lost the match after the second set tiebreaker.
Pablo Carreno-Busta (2) d Dusan Lajovic (5) 7-6(4) 6-3
Carreno-Busta has been making some fast starts in Hamburg, and looked to be doing so early with 0-40 in Lajovic's serve. However, Lajovic had other ideas, double breaking the Spaniard to be up 4-0 in the first set. This match swerved into many momentum shifts, with Lajovic leading the mini-tiebreak but the 2nd seed taking the first set. The second set was more straight-forward, with many things to work on for Busta going into the SF against Delbonis.