Felix Auger-Aliassime (3) meets Sam Querrey in the semi finals of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Saturday, June 12th 2021.
Will it be Sam Querrey to come out here and get the big win under his belt to both build momentum and fight for his 11th career title, or will Felix Auger-Aliassime put himself in a strong position to finally get his 1st title under his belt in a much less tough draw than it was a few days ago?
Sam Querrey came through an extremely tight match in the quarter finals against Dominic Stricker, having to come back when he lost the first set to win 6-7/7-6/6-3. Sam Querrey is a tough opponent to beat when he is at his best, but we have rarely seen this in the last 2 years. Querrey will only be able to compete in smaller ATP 250 tournaments for title nowadays I believe, but he will now meet a player who is just in great form this week in Stuttgart in FAA. Can he beat the up and comer and use his experience?
FAA played the important points extremely well in his quarter final match against Ugo Humbert, winning two-tiebreak sets 7-6/7-6. FAA is now one step closer to the Final and to potentially grabbing his 1st title after having failed 7 times when getting to the final. FAA has such a big serve that flies through grass courts, and he will want to continue getting on top of points early through it. However, he will need to ensure he moves the experienced Querrey around the court a lot and doesn’t allow him to hit clean fast shots.
This is going to be the 1st meeting between both players, and I think youth prevails here. Sam is obviously more experienced and he has had more success throughout his career. However, FAA has been 10x better than him over the last couple of years. FAA is powerful, quick, determined, and talented, and at only 20-years-old he definitely has the stamina to go very deep into matches without struggling. Querrey does not have this anymore, and he aims to finish matches quickly, as the longer the match goes, the less chance he has of winning.