ATP Queen’s Club quarter-final predictions including Berrettini vs Paul

The ATP Queen’s Club quarter-final matches are here, and we have some tantalizing matchups in store. Matteo Berrettini continues his exceptional comeback from injury, and Ryan Peniston has once again shown the home crowd what he’s made of. We’ll be offering our predictions on the day’s action, so who makes it to the semi-finals?

ATP Queen’s Club Quarterfinal Predictions

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Botic van de Zandschulp

Head to head: Davidovich Fokina 1 – 0

This should be fun. It’s still a joy to watch Davidovich Fokina, with his Bjorn Borg-style diving and his explosive shots. He is often typecast as a clay court player, but many forget that he won the Wimbledon Junior Championships in 2017. He knows grass courts well, and this was shown in his excellent win over Alex De Minaur.

Van de Zandschulp is adapting very well to these courts. After a rather awkward first round, he recovered from a break in the first set to defeat the dangerous Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. The Dutchman has brilliantly risen to the top end of the men’s game since the US Open, and he is tough to play against.

I lean towards Davidovich Fokina here. Van de Zandschulp is very solid and hits hard groundstrokes, but the Spaniard has more variety in his game and his flexibility (often resulting in multiple knockdowns in a match) can be crucial. He is the more explosive of the two and moves better which should give him the edge in this match. It will definitely be a close one.
Prediction: Davidovich Fokina in 3

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Emil Ruusuvuori vs. Marin Cilic

Face to face: First meeting

I was quite amazed at Ruusuvuori’s level against Jack Draper in the second round. He has been a promising prospect for a while, but recently there has been a clear uptick in quality. His ball hitting and timing are exceptional, and he could well be an underdog in this tournament if he keeps up with him. With that said, he has a powerful and tough opponent next.

Cilic hasn’t had it particularly easy this week. He completely broke down against Liam Broady and had to come through two tight sets against Alexander Bublik. However, he continues to play excellent tennis. Cilic has a new life on the ATP Tour, and that doesn’t bode well for anyone he faces, especially on grass. This match is going to be really interesting – both will be playing at their best and it will be a real treat for anyone who is watching, and it is hard to decide.

It’s hard not to root for Cilic given his recent form and his immense success and experience on the pitch. Ruusuvuori is good enough to challenge him if he plays well, but I’ll give Cilic the lead. However, he could go either way.
Prediction: Cilic in 3

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Filip Krajinovic vs. Ryan Peniston

Face to face: First meeting

Ryan Peniston has been brilliant this week. His straight-set win over top seed Casper Ruud was his first ATP match, and he backed it up by beating Fancisco Cerundolo, where he recovered from a break in the final set. The British public loves Peniston and will be with him this far. His tennis has been great, and he can imagine his chances once again here.

Krajinovic had never won an ATP match until this week, and he did an amazing job defeating Sam Querrey. We all know now that he is a brilliant player when he is fit, but he lacks the consistency to do it week in and week out. This week, he will definitely bring it. This match is really difficult to call, and I hope it will be another tight affair.

Peniston is riding the momentum this week and can clearly hold their ground as we saw on Thursday. Krajinovic is the more experienced player, but Peniston clearly has the tennis to mix it up with the best. I smell upset here: Peniston has the crowd behind him and his confidence will be through the roof after his big wins so far.
Prediction: Peniston at 3

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Matteo Berrettini vs. Tommy Paul

Head to head: Pablo 1 – 0

Berrettini’s remarkable form after injury is highly admirable. He spent months off the tour recovering from hand surgery and missed the entire clay season. He came back and won in Stuttgart, and he’s in the quarter-finals here too. He was very tough on Thursday against Denis Kudla, and his mental toughness in key moments was what kept him in the tournament. Although he is not at his best, he is surely still the favorite for the title.

Standing in his way is Tommy Paul, who is playing wonderfully right now. He defeated Denis Shapovalov before dispatching Stan Wawrinka, and every week he looks more and more impressive. His serve has gone up several levels, hitting his points at immense speeds. It’s going to be really tough for both players here, and if they serve well throughout the match, we should see at least a tie break.

Berrettini has the better serve of the two, but Paul has the better return and can put pressure on the second serve by stepping in, as he did in his win over Alexander Zverev this year. I hope this one goes all the way and either player can take it, but I will go with Berrettini because of his mental toughness and his ability to find the right shoe at the right time.
Prediction: Berrettini in 3

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