"This is unbeliveable": Otte is in the semifinals in Halle

Alexander Zverev’s cancellation has long been forgotten in Halle. Oscar Otte has become the darling of the public and rushes from victory to victory. The man from Cologne can also be expected in Wimbledon.

In a really good mood: Oscar Otte.

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Ten days before the start of the grass classic in Wimbledon, Oscar Otte once again demonstrated his current impressive form and surprisingly reached the semi-finals at the tournament in Halle, Westphalia. The 28-year-old from Cologne won on Friday in the quarterfinals against the Russian Karen Khachanov 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4 and is thus in the semifinals of an ATP 500 tournament for the first time in his career.

Otte converted his first match point against Khachanov after 2:11 hours to the cheers of the enthusiastic spectators. In the semi-finals on Saturday, the German number two will face the world number one Daniil Medvedev from Russia, who won in two sets against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

In the absence of Alexander Zverev, who was injured, Otte has long since won the hearts of German tennis fans. As the day before when he defeated the Georgian Nikolos Basilashvili in the round of 16, the spectators pushed the Rhinelander forward again and again, even in critical phases. Like in the round of 16, he turned the game around after losing the first set.

Otte: “It’s actually unbelievable”

“The audience pushes me enormously. It’s great fun to play in front of so many spectators,” said Otte. “A few years ago I was still watching the matches from Halle on TV. And now I’m playing here on Center Court myself. It’s actually unbelievable,” says Otte, who had already reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart the week before.

Due to his strong performances in Halle, the current number 51 in the world rankings will improve to the top 40 in the coming week. With his strong serves and his good volleys, Otte is also capable of a lot in Wimbledon.

However, Otte struggled with shoulder problems against Khachanov. At the beginning of the third set, the German even had to be treated briefly. “The painkiller worked quickly,” said Otte. “I gained energy with the last drop.”

Kyrgios meets Hurkacz

In the second semi-final Nick Kyrgios meets Hubert Hurkacz. The Australian had no problem with the clay court specialist Pablo Carreno Busta, after all number 19 in the world, and won 6: 4 and 6: 2. Hurkacz, on the other hand, experienced a closer match, against Felix Auger-Aliassime there were two tiebreaks. Twice with the better ending for the Pole, who won 7-2 and 7-4.

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