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Saturday's tennis acca tips: Alex De Minaur to remain king of Acapulco

Planet Sport presents picks for the Dubai Tennis Championships final, Chile Open semi-finals, Mexico Open final, ATX Open semi-finals and San Diego Open last four.

Alex De Minaur is on track to defend his Mexico Open title in Acapulco and hold on to a spot in the ATP Tour's top ten.

De Minaur will face former top ten star Casper Ruud who is chasing a return to the elite bracket and a first title at ATP 500 level.

In Dubai, Ugo Humbert and Alexander Bublik denied Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev a rematch of their 2023 championship match showdown.

San Diego favourite Jessica Pegula remains on course for a winning return to WTA Tour action ahead of the Sunshine Double.

Here we make our picks for the Dubai Tennis Championships final, Chile Open semi-finals, Mexico Open final, ATX Open semi-finals and San Diego Open last four.

 

ATP Dubai: Ugo Humbert vs Alexander Bublik | Pick: Bublik

ATP Santiago: Corentin Moutet vs Alejandro Tabilo | Pick: Tabilo

ATP Santiago: Pedro Martinez Portero vs Sebastian Baez | Pick: Baez

ATP Acapulco: Casper Ruud vs Alex De Minaur | Pick: De Minaur

WTA Austin: Anhelina Kalinina vs Xiyu Wang | Pick: Wang

WTA Austin: Yue Yuan vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova | Pick: Schmiedlova

WTA San Diego: Emma Navarro vs Katie Boulter | Pick: Boulter

WTA San Diego: Jessica Pegula vs Marta Kostyuk | Pick: Pegula

 

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ATP Dubai: Ugo Humbert vs Alexander Bublik

Alexander Bublik proved the cooler head in his incredible semi-final showdown with Andrey Rublev which bodes well for him in this final.

Bublik has played the game his way all week and it has worked for him with the Dubai title within his grasp.

Humbert is ranked higher but could struggle to live with the Bublik power game if the Kazakhstan No 1 is dialled in.

This will be the first meeting between these players at any level.

 

ATP Santiago: Corentin Moutet vs Alejandro Tabilo

Alejandro Tabilo is the sole remaining home hope with the mission of ensuring a Chilean win in Santiago for the third time in four years.

He will have to reverse a previous loss to France's Corentin Moutet to reach the championship match.

The home favourite will draw a big crowd and great support and should lift his game.

Tabilo has been inspired in Santiago and should give the crowd what they want.

 

ATP Santiago: Pedro Martinez Portero vs Sebastian Baez

Sebastian Baez is out to complete the South American swing with another strong performance.

Pedro Martinez Portero has defied expectations this week already and will present a significant obstacle to a player he has beaten twice in three meetings.

Baez must level up the career head-to-head against Portero to make a statement in Santiago.

The Argentine is out to break into the top 20 for the first time in his career.

 

ATP Acapulco: Casper Ruud vs Alex De Minaur

A resurgent Casper Ruud comes up against a real high-flyer of the season in Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur is enjoying a breakout campaign but is also the defending champion in Acapulco.

Ruud has won multiple titles across his career but has never claimed an ATP 500 title.

They have split their two previous meetings but haven't faced each other since the 2019 season.

 

WTA Austin: Anhelina Kalinina vs Xiyu Wang

Xiyu Wang may be ranked lower than Anhelina Kalinina but has the edge in their head-to-head.

That win came in a tight qualifying match in Acapulco in 2019 with Austin hosting their first main draw clash.

Wang has endured the lighter load in terms of time on court this week as well.

In her quarter-final, Wang won the first set before Danielle Collins retired, while Kalinina needed three sets to get beyond Diane Parry.

 

WTA Austin: Yue Yuan vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Yue Yuan and Anna Schmiedlova will square off in the semi-final of the ATX Open for the first time in their careers.

Schmiedlova also reached the last four after a retirement and should have plenty in the tank for this clash.

Yuan is in the form of her life but could struggle to get up for another big clash after two great wins.

Schmidlova has more big match experience which will count at this stage.

 

WTA San Diego: Emma Navarro vs Katie Boulter

Three times Katie Boulter has lined up as the underdog in San Diego and come out on top.

There is no head-to-head record between Navarro and Boulter since this will be the first time that they will face off in the main tour.

Navarro has played well in the last six months but Boulter has really gathered momentum in San Diego.

Despite playing an extra match, expect an aggressive approach from Boulter to pay off.

 

WTA San Diego: Jessica Pegula vs Marta Kostyuk

Jessica Pegula and Marta Kostyuk might contest the match of the weekend for the potential of this clash.

Pegula and Kostyuk have contested two matches throughout their careers with the American coming out on top both times.

With a chance to make that 3-0, Pegula cannot afford to look past an improving Kostyuk.

Pegula at her best will have the beating of Kostyuk but she hasn't been on tour enough to tell what her level is right now.

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