Semifinals set for 2017 German Tennis Championships in Hamburg
It’ll be an all-Argentina matchup in the semifinals of the 2017 German Tennis Championships this weekend as Leonardo Mayer battles with Federico Delbonis for a berth in the title match.
Mayer began the tournament with an upset of top-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas, dropping the first set 7-6 then storming back with 6-3, 7-6 victories over the Spaniard. Mayer then knocked off Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, before getting past the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely 7-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Friday afternoon. Vesely had been set as the -155 favorite on the betting lines for Friday, with Mayer at +130.
Delbonis beat countryman Carlos Berlocq 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the tournament, and pulled off an upset in the second round with a 7-5, 6-3 straight sets victory over No. 8 seed David Ferrer of Spain. Delbonis then pulled out an even bigger underdog win in the quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia, outlasting him 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
For their semifinal matchup Delbonis has been pegged as the slim -130 betting favorite, with Mayer as a +110 underdog for Saturday. The UNDER is -165 on the 2.5-set total for the day.
In the bottom half of the bracket the semifinal matchup has Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber taking on fellow German Florian Mayer. Kohlschreiber punched his ticket to Saturday’s match with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Nicolas Kicker in the quarterfinals on Friday as a sizable -400 betting favorite. Kohlschreiber knocked out Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in first-round action earlier in the week, and then got past No. 4 seed Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Mayer topped Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 6-2 in his opening match, then got past Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round. In the quarterfinals on Friday Mayer knocked out No. 6 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to advance to face Kohlschreiber in Saturday’s semifinals. Mayer was a +195 underdog against Schwartzman.
A line for the Kohlschreiber vs. Mayer match had not been set as of early Friday afternoon ET.