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Herbert vs Krajinovic ATP Budapest Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Herbert takes on Krajinovic in Budapest semi

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 27 Apr 2019
  • Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Budapest on Saturday, 27 April from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST
  • Krajinovic won their only previous meeting in Miami
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (PA Sport)

Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert seeks his second final of the season when he takes on Serbia's Filip Krajinovic at the Hungarian Open in Budapest on Saturday.

Herbert's Budapest campaign is another fine addition to what has been a very good season for the Frenchman- can he make it better by moving past Krajinovic on Saturday?

Herbert is now 14-8 for the year, with his best performance being a runner-up finish on Montpellier, where he scored notable wins over Denis Shapovalov and Tomas Berdych before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the title match. The 28-year-old had opened his season with a quarter final in Doha, while he also made the third round of the Australian Open, beating Hyeon Chung and Sam Querrey before falling to Milos Raonic. His efforts were rewarded with a career-high ranking of 36th in February, but his form dipped after that, and he has since slipped to No. 49 in the world.

That post-Montpellier lull included three consecutive first round defeats in Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Miami, while he fell in the second round in Marrakech, but he has put together a very good couple of weeks in response, reaching the third round in Monte Carlo, beating Fernando Verdasco and Kei Nishikori in the process, and now progressing to the semi-finals in Barcelona without dropping a set.

He has taken out Egor Gerasimov, Matthias Bachinger and home favourite, Attila Balazs to reach the last four.

Herbert is looking to advance to his fourth career final, having made finals in Winston-Salem in 2015 (lost to Kevin Anderson), Shenzhen in 2018 (lost to Yoshihito Nishioka), and in Montpellier earlier this year. 

He will have to get past Serbia's Krajinovic if he is to get there.

Krajinovic has had several injury problems throughout his career, but he is putting together a decent 2019, with his win-loss record standing at 14-5. He has made the quarter finals in Montpellier, the fourth round at Indian Wells, and the third round at the Australian Open and in Miami. He also secured a runner-up finish at the Sophia Antipolis Challenger in his most recent tournament before Budapest.

He has carried on that good form in the Hungarian capital, beating Andreas Seppi in three sets, and Radu Albot and Borna Coric in straights to earn a spot in the last four. Krajinovic had lost to Coric in their only previous meeting at the Australian Open earlier in the year, but he earned his revenge on Friday, coming back from 2-4 down in the first set to record a 6-4 7-5 victory.

Krajinovic is into his first tour-level semi-final in over a year, with the last trip to the last four of an ATP Tour meet coming in Dubai in February 2018. His only previous final was a big one- at the 2017 Paris Masters.

That Paris performance took him into the top-40 for the first time in his career, and he stayed in that bracket for the next year, until he went crashing again after suffering an opening round defeat on his return to Paris, thus losing all most of the points he had earned from his runner-up finish in the previous year. He tumbled to a year-end ranking of 94th. 2018 was another injury-hit campaign for Krajinovic, who sat out the Australian Open due to an Achilles tendon injury, and missed another three months between April and July. He struggled badly on his return to the tour, winning just five matches from Wimbledon till the end of the year, a poor run of results which culminated into that damaging opening round loss to Karen Khachanov at the Paris Masters.

Despite his encouraging start to the season, he has slipped out of the world's top 100, majorly because he failed to defend semi-final points in Dubai in February. He was competing at the Indian Wells Challenger, where he lost to Jason Jung in the round of 16, in the corresponding week in 2019.

The Serbian will get back into the top 100 next Monday following this Budapest run- but will he be celebrating it with a maiden tour-level title? He's two wins away from that milestone- first he will have to take down Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Saturday before contemplating a final. 

Krajinovic defeated Herbert in their only previous tour-level encounter at the Miami Open earlier in the year, and will like his chances of doing a repeat on the clay Budapest on Saturday. He strikes the ball very cleanly off both wings, and if he finds his range, he can be difficult to contain.

Herbert will again look to dominate with his serve, and come forward as much as he can. The Frenchman understands his strengths and tries to maximize them as much as he can. If he executes again on Saturday, he's got every chance of winning this one, but I’m leaning towards the crisp ball striking abilities of Filip Krajinovic to come through and take the Serbian into the final.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Budapest on Saturday, 27 April from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST

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Herbert vs Krajinovic ATP Budapest Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Herbert takes on Krajinovic in Budapest semi

Pierre-Hugues Herbert takes on Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in the semi-finals of the Hungarian Open on Saturday. Read our match preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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