Tennis is often referred to as “garbage time” in late October, with the post-US Open tournaments providing fertile ground for upsets and unusual results.
But don’t tell Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime that. Because he’s having a good day.
- Félix Auger-Aliassime, who is on a 10-match winning streak, takes on Alexander Bublik in Basel.
- The quarterfinal game is set for 9 a.m. ET on October 28.
- Auger-Aliassime would have been favored even if he hadn’t been in such good form recently. Here is a breakdown of the Auger-Aliasssime vs Bublik odds.
Auger-Aliassime vs Bublik Odds
| Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)||-3.5 (-120)||-330||O 22.5 (-110)|
|Alexander Bublik (KAZ)||+3.5 (-110)||+250||U 22.5 (-120)|
The 22-year-old Canadian, who has kept his ranking but hasn’t had the Grand Slam results he had in 2021, has come on strong in the final stages of the season.
He won two ATP 250 events in the last two weeks, first in Florence, Italy, and then in Antwerp, Belgium.
With the 28-player draws, he only needed to win four games to win both titles. He only dropped one set in Florence (his opener against Oscar Otte) and one in Antwerp’s quarterfinals, where he had to come back from a set down to defeat Brit Daniel Evans.
So far in Basel, he appears to be in good shape and poised to win a third consecutive title.
After losing his first nine finals before breaking the duck indoors in Rotterdam earlier this year, he has tripled that total – again, indoors on hard court, his preferred surface – and is looking for more.
Bublik, Ever the Mercenary Bublik, Russian-born and supported by Kazakhstan, has never hidden the reason he plays tennis.
It’s for profit. And now it’s to support a family with a new baby.
He is a mercurial talent who can appear to be a world-beater one day and a disgruntled, jaded veteran the next.
Bublik set his career high in February, just a few weeks after winning his first and only ATP Tour title on hard court indoors in Montpellier, France.
It’s undeniably a surface and conditions that he prefers. Under similar conditions, he reached the final in Metz, France, last month.
The matchup between these two players is largely inconclusive.
Auger-Aliassime defeated Bublik in a first-round match in Shanghai when he was still a teenager. Bublik, however, left the game before it was over.
Their other meeting took place on clay in 2020, during the young Canadian’s uninspired stretch of play.
The great equalizer in this one is that both prefer the indoor hard-court surface. Auger-Aliassime has the advantage right now because of how well he’s playing.
Bublik hasn’t struck anyone as the type of guy who will become overly motivated to end anyone’s winning streak. Of course, on paper, he has the ability to do it.
The Canadian Dismantles Kecmanovic
Hopefully, he didn’t watch any of the Canadian’s dismantling of Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round Thursday.
As he has every time the two have played each other indoors, Auger-Aliassime took care of business.
This was the worst beatdown of all – 6-1, 6-0 in just 49 minutes. Kecmanovic won just 20 of the 70 points played, and just 12-of-34 on his own serve. It was comprehensive.
In two matches over five sets, Auger-Aliassime has 27 aces and six double faults. And as his serve goes, he usually goes.
Auger-Aliassime vs Bublik Match History
|2020||Hamburg (R16)||Outdoor Clay||6-4, 6-2||Bublik|
|2019||Masters Shanghai (R64)||Outdoor Hard||7-6 (5), 4-0 retd||Auger-Aliassime|
Bublik hasn’t dropped a set in wins over lucky loser Aslan Karatsev and Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas.
Auger-Aliassime vs Bublik Pick
There is always a chance of a hiccup with Auger-Aliassime – a poor set, or a poor tiebreak.
But that hasn’t been happening much on this run.
He should be all over Bublik.
Best Bet: Auger-Aliassime in Two Sets (-135)