ATP Queen’s Club Day 3 Predictions Including Bublik vs Cilic

Day 3 of the 2022 ATP Queen’s Club Championship will see four second-round singles matches contested. The first round match between Denis Shapovalov and Tommy Paul, who were suspended a set each due to darkness on Day 2, will also be concluded. Former champions Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are among the players in action at the ATP 500 grass-court tournament on Wednesday. Five of the eight seeds have already fallen in the opening round of the event.

ATP Queen’s Club Day 3 Predictions

Alex De Minaur vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Head-to-head: Davidovich Fokina 1-0 De Minaur (2-1 including ATP Challenger and Next Gen Finals matches)

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has won two of his five senior matches on grass and beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets in the first round in London. The World No. 44 also claimed the Wimbledon men’s singles crown in 2017.

Alex De Minaur has a healthy 13-10 career record on grass, despite losing to Adrian Mannarino in the first round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last week. The World No. 21 reached the semi-finals at Queen’s Club last year, losing to eventual winner Matteo Berrettini. He then claimed the title at Eastbourne the following week.

The Aussie impressively defeated big serve Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4 in the first round on Monday. The 23-year-old’s flat shots are better suited to this surface than those of his opponent, who is much more comfortable on clay. This, combined with his increased experience on senior grass courts, should see him succeed.
Prediction: De Minaur in 2

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Botic Van De Zandschulp vs. Grigor Dimitrov

Head-to-head: Dimitrov 1-0 Van De Zandschulp

Botic Van De Zandschulp reached the second round at Wimbledon last year as a lucky loser. However, the World No. 29 has played just four matches on the grass-court tour and lost in the first round on home soil in Hertogenbosch last week. The 26-year-old Dutchman defeated qualifier Paul Jubb in straight sets in the first round at Queen’s Club.

Grigor Dimitrov has a pedigree on grass, winning the Queen’s title and reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014. The World No. 22 is 37-27 on the surface, but surprisingly has a worse win rate than on hard courts. hard and clay. The 31-year-old earned a solid three-set victory over World No. 11 and 2021 finalist Cameron Norrie in the first round.

The Bulgarian’s wealth of matches on grass, as well as his ability to take the ball early and advance effectively, give him an edge. The form he showed in beating Norrie would probably be too much for Van De Zandschulp, who seems more suited to other surfaces.
Prediction: Dimitrov in 2

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Jack Draper vs. Emil Ruusuvuori

Face to face: First meeting

Jack Draper showed his skills on grass last year by beating Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik to reach the Queen’s Club quarter-finals. The 20-year-old Briton then faced eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships. The World No. 99 convincingly defeated World No. 14 Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 in this week’s first round.

Emil Ruusuvuori defeated Jay Clarke and two-time former champion Feliciano López, after saving three match points, to qualify for the event. The World No. 56 battled Quentin Halys in three sets in the first round. The 23-year-old Finn reached the second round in Hertogenbosch last week.

Draper, who has won three Challenger Tour titles this year, has tended to produce inspired tennis in front of a home crowd so far in his career. The powerful southpaw should be able to take down Ruusuvuori, who is at his best on hard courts.
Prediction: Draper in 2

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Alexander Bublik vs. Marin Cilic

Head-to-head: Cilic 2-0 Bublik

Alexander Bublik has a 12-9 record on grass courts, making it his best surface in terms of winning percentage. The World No. 37 was runner-up in Newport in 2019 and reached the third round of Wimbledon last year, losing to eventual semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz. The 24-year-old Kazakh lost to Andy Murray in the second round in Stuttgart last week. Bublik won the first set against Lorenzo Musetti in the first round at Queen’s before the Italian retired.

Marin Cilic has won three grass-court titles (including Queen’s twice) and has been a finalist in three other grass-court events, including Wimbledon in 2017. The World No. 17 edged out British wild card Liam Broady in straight sets in the first around this year. week. The 33-year-old Croatian reached the semi-finals of the French Open in his previous event.

This is likely to be a close contest between two aggressive big serve players. Cilic’s confidence from his Roland Garros career and increased consistency should give him the edge in a place where he tends to thrive.
Prediction: Cilico in 3

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