Day 3 of the 2022 ATP Queen’s Membership Championships will see 4 second spherical singles matches contested. The first spherical match between Denis Shapovalov and Tommy Paul, which was suspended at one set apiece resulting from darkness on Day 2, may even be concluded. Former champions Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are amongst gamers in motion on the ATP 500 grass court docket event on Wednesday. 5 of the eight seeded gamers have already fallen within the opening spherical of the occasion.
ATP Queen’s Membership Day 3 Predictions
Alex De Minaur vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Head-to-head: Davidovich Fokina 1-0 De Minaur (2-1 together with ATP Challenger and Subsequent Gen Finals matches)
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has received two of his 5 senior matches on grass and beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight units the opening spherical in London. The World No. 44 additionally claimed the Wimbledon boys’ singles crown in 2017.
Alex De Minaur holds a wholesome 13-10 profession file on grass, regardless of shedding to Adrian Mannarino within the opening spherical in ‘s-Hertogenbosch final week. The World No. 21 reached the semifinals at Queen’s Membership final yr, shedding to eventual winner Matteo Berrettini. He then claimed the title in Eastbourne the next week.
The Australian impressively downed big-serving Reilly Opelka 6-4 6-4 within the first spherical on Monday. The 23-year-old’s flat strokes are higher suited to this floor than his opponent, who’s rather more snug on clay. This, mixed together with his higher senior grass court docket expertise, ought to see him triumph.
Prediction: De Minaur in 2
Botic Van De Zandschulp vs Grigor Dimitrov
Head-to-head: Dimitrov 1-0 Van De Zandschulp
Botic Van De Zandschulp reached the second spherical at Wimbledon final yr as a fortunate loser. The World No. 29 has, although, performed simply 4 tour matches on grass and misplaced within the opening spherical on residence soil in Hertogenbosch final week. The 26-year-old Dutchman defeated qualifier Paul Jubb in three units within the first spherical at Queen’s Membership.
Grigor Dimitrov has pedigree on grass, having received the Queen’s title and reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014. The World No. 22 holds a 37-27 file on the floor, however surprisingly has a worse win price than on each laborious courts and clay. The 31-year-old earned a robust three-set win over World No. 11 and 2021 finalist Cameron Norrie within the first spherical.
The Bulgarian’s wealth of matches on grass, in addition to his capability to take the ball early and transfer ahead successfully, give him the sting. The shape he displayed in beating Norrie would seemingly be an excessive amount of for Van De Zandschulp, who seems extra suited to different surfaces.
Prediction: Dimitrov in 2
Jack Draper vs Emil Ruusuvuori
Head-to-head: First assembly
Jack Draper showcased his capabilities on grass final yr by beating Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik in reaching the Queen’s Membership quarterfinals. The 20-year-old Brit then took a set off eventual champion Novak Djokovic within the opening spherical of the Wimbledon Championships. The World No. 99 convincingly noticed off World No. 14 Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 within the opening spherical this week.
Emil Ruusuvuori defeated Jay Clarke and two-time former champion Feliciano Lopez – after saving three match factors – to qualify for the occasion. The World No. 56 then battled previous Quentin Halys in three units within the opening spherical. The 23-year-old Finn reached the second spherical in Hertogenbosch final week.
Draper, who has received three Challenger Tour titles this yr, has tended to produced impressed tennis in entrance of a house crowd to date in his profession. The highly effective left-hander ought to be capable to down Ruusuvuori, who’s at his greatest on laborious courts.
Prediction: Draper in 2
Alexander Bublik vs Marin Cilic
Head-to-head: Cilic 2-0 Bublik
Alexander Bublik holds a 12-9 grass court docket file, making it his greatest floor by way of win proportion. The World No. 37 was a runner-up at Newport in 2019 and reached the third spherical of Wimbledon final yr, shedding to eventual semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz. The 24-year-old Kazakh misplaced to Andy Murray within the second spherical of Stuttgart final week. Bublik received the primary set in opposition to Lorenzo Musetti within the first spherical at Queen’s earlier than the Italian retired.
Marin Cilic has received three grass court docket titles (together with Queen’s twice) and has been a runner-up at an extra three grass occasions, together with Wimbledon in 2017. The World No. 17 edged British wildcard Liam Broady in three units within the opening spherical this week. The 33-year-old Croat reached the semifinals of the French Open in his earlier occasion.
This may seemingly be a detailed contest between two big-serving, aggressive gamers. Cilic’s confidence from his Roland Garros run and higher consistency ought to give him the sting at a venue the place he tends to thrive.
Prediction: Cilic in 3
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