ATP Queen’s Club Day 4 Predictions Including Wawrinka vs Paul

The second set of the ATP Queen’s Club Championships round of 16 matches is full of exciting action. Tommy Paul and Ryan Peniston look to build on their first round upsets in which they eliminated two of the favorites to win the tournament. Stan Wawrinka is in action in his quest to win his first grass-court title in a decorated career. Sam Querrey looks to be a danger again on his favorite surface after a difficult season, and fellow American Denis Kudla takes on last week’s champion in Stuttgart, Matteo Berrettini. This tournament is one of Wimbledon’s main tune-ups, so it will be fun to see which players get fit on the pitch.

ATP Queen’s Club Day 4 Predictions

Denis Kudla vs. Matteo Berrettini

Head to head: 3-3

Kudla is a good grass court player and reached the final at Surbiton and has a Wimbledon fourth round appearance to his name. Berrettini showed no signs of rust after time off due to injury, winning last week’s title in Stuttgart. Surprisingly, they have been divided head-to-head, but Berrettini owns the last two meetings, including their only meeting on grass. Kudla has been average lately and lost in qualifying here before being awarded as a lucky loser. Berrettini looks strong in his return and the defending Wimbledon finalist will have no problem with Kudla on fast grass courts that suit his power play.
Prediction: Berrettini at 2

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Filip Krajinovic vs. Sam Querrey

Head to head: 1-1

Querrey had a really rough start to 2022, winning just two of his first ten matches. Including qualifying, he has won six matches in the last two weeks alone, finding form on his best surface historically. Krajinovic has had a solid season that has taken him to a Top 50 ranking, although he is much less comfortable on grass. This will be only his second match on the surface in 2022 after dispatching Jenson Brooksby in the first round. Success on grass is often indicated by experience and form, and Querrey has recorded eight matches on the surface, as well as years of strong results. Querrey’s great serve will continue to be a great asset, and he will rely on that to stay ahead and control the match.
Prediction: Querrey at 2

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Ryan Peniston vs. Francisco Cerundolo

Head to head: First date

Cerundolo is playing his first career tournament on grass courts. He easily won his first round match, although he beat clay court specialist Pedro Martinez. Peniston is an journeyman who scored a wild card this week and came out strong by knocking out #1 seed Casper Ruud in the first round. He relied on a strong left-handed serve where he was only broken once in the entire match and only faced two break points. He has primarily played at the Challenger level, but has scored back-to-back quarterfinals on grass, beating top 80 players in both tournaments. Peniston looks great on grass and will have a home crowd behind him, as well as a lot more experience on the surface. Cerundolo is a strong player and will put up an excellent fight, but Peniston will win a decisive tiebreak to take the match and continue his streak.
Prediction: Peniston at 3

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Tommy Paul vs. Stan Wawrinka

Head to head: 1-0 Wawrinka

It will be a clash of styles between players looking to improve their records on the grass court. Paul has a strong, fast forehand that he will use to try to create problems with Wawrinka’s slower but more powerful groundstrokes. Paul stunned defending Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov in a tight three-set match for his first victory on the grass-court tour. Wawrinka has had by far his worst results on grass, winning only half of his career matches on the surface compared to an overall winning percentage of 63.2%. While Stan is more experienced, he struggled in the first round against Frances Tiafoe and won 7-5 in a decisive tiebreak. Wawrinka served amazingly in the first round with 22 aces, which will be a tough performance to replicate. Paul will use his speed on the floor and shooting to annoy Wawrinka, and he can force him to make enough mistakes to win the game.
Prediction: Paul at 3

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