The ATP Queen’s Club quarter-final match has arrived, and we’ve got some baffling clashes in store. Matteo Berrettini continues his extraordinary comeback from injury, and Ryan Peniston has once again shown the audience what he’s made of. We’ll be giving our predictions for today’s event – so who will be in the semi-finals?
ATP Quarter-Final Predictions
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Boutique Van de Zandschulp
Head to head: Davidovich Fokina 1-0
This must be a lot of fun. Davidovich Fokina is still Watching pleasure, with his Bjorn Borg-esque dives and explosive shot making. It’s often categorized as clay courts, but many forget that he won Wimbledon Junior back in 2017. He knows his way around the grass court, and this was quite evident in his stellar win over Alex de Minaur.
Van de Zandschulp deals with these courts well. After a somewhat uncomfortable first round, he returned from a break in the first set to defeat the dangerous Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. The Dutchman has climbed to the highest level in the men’s game with prowess since the US Open, and he is a young player to play against.
I’m inclined to Davidovich Fokina here. Van de Zandschulp is very solid and takes powerful ground kicks, but the Spaniard has more variety in his game and his flexibility (often leading to multiple falls in a match) can be critical. He’s the more explosive of the two and moves better, which gives him the edge in this match. It will undoubtedly be soon.
Prediction: Davidovich Fokina at 3
Emil Rossovory vs Marin Cilic
Face to face: first meeting
I was very surprised by the level of Rosofori against Jack Draper in the second round. It’s been a promising prospect for a while, but there’s been a clear step up in quality recently. His shooting and timing are exceptional, and he could be an underdog in this tournament if he maintains his form. Having said that, he has a strong strong opponent next time.
It hasn’t been easy for Cilic especially this week. He totally collapsed against Liam Brody and had to go through two tight sets Alexander Bublik. However, he still plays some excellent tennis. Cilic has been given a new lease on life on the ATP Tour, and that doesn’t bode well for anyone he encounters – especially on the grass. This match is going to be really fun – both playing at their best would be a real treat for anyone watching, and it’s hard to relate to.
It’s hard not to support Cilic given his latest level, his phenomenal success and his experience on grass. Rosovori is good enough to challenge him if he plays well, but I’d give Cilic the advantage. You can go either way.
Prediction: Selic at 3
Filip Krajinovic vs. Ryan Peniston
Face to face: first meeting
Ryan Peniston has been shining bright this week. His back-to-back sets win over Casper Rudd, the top seed, was his first-ever ATP match, and he backed that up with a victory over Vanesso Cerondolo, returning from a final set break. The British public loves Peniston, and he will be with him all the way here. His tennis has been great, he might just imagine his chances here again.
Krajinovic didn’t win an ATP match until this week, and he did an amazing job in defeating Sam Querrey. We all know now that he’s a brilliant player when at his right level, but he lacks consistency in his presentation week in week out. This week, he’ll definitely bring it up. This match is very tough, and I expect it to be another tough match.
Peniston is rising with momentum this week, and he can clearly maintain his form as we saw on Thursday. Krajinovic is the most experienced player, but Benniston clearly has the tennis he mixes up with the best. I smell annoyance here – Peniston has the crowd right behind him and his confidence will be in the ceiling after his greatest victories thus far.
Prediction: Peniston at 3
Matteo Berrettini vs Tommy Paul
Head to head: Paul 1 – 0
Brittany’s impressive form after injury is quite impressive. He spent months off the tour recovering from hand surgery, and missed the entire mud season. He came back and won in Stuttgart, and he’s also in the quarter-finals here. It was a very tough match on Thursday against Dennis Kudla, and it was his mental fortitude in the deciding moments that kept him in the championship. Although he is not at his best, he is definitely still the favorite for the title.
Standing in his way is Tommy Ball, who is playing great now. He brought down Denis Shapovalov before Stan Wawrinka was dispatched, and every week he looked more impressive. His service advanced several degrees, colliding with his posts at tremendous speeds. It’s going to be really tough for both players here and if they do well throughout the game we should have at least one tiebreak.
Berrettini serves the better of the two, but Paul has a better comeback and can press the second serve with an intervention, as he did in his win over Alexander Zverev this year. I expect this player will go too far and any player can take it, but I would go with Berrettini because of his mental strength and ability to find the right tennis at the right time.
Prediction: Perrettini at 3
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