Day three of the 2022 ATP Tour will see four singles matches in the second round. The First round match between Denis Shapovalov and Tommy Ball, which was suspended in one group due to darkness on the second day, will also be wrapped up. Former champions Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are among the players in the ATP 500 tournament on grass on Wednesday. Five of the eight ranked players actually fell in the event’s opening round.
Predictions for the third day of the Queen ATP Club
Alex de Minaur vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Head-to-head: Davidovich Fokina 1-0 de Minor (2-1 including ATP Challenger and Next Gen Finals matches)
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina He won two of his five major matches on grass and beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets in the opening round in London. The world number 44 also won the Wimbledon singles title for boys in 2017.
Alex de Minaur holds a healthy 13-10 career record on grass, despite losing to Adrian Mannarino in the opening round at S-Hertogenbosch last week. The world number 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 Australian beat top player Riley Opelka 6-4 6-4 in the first round on Monday. The flat strikes of the 23-year-old are more suitable for this surface than the opponent, who feels more comfortable on clay. This, combined with his extensive grasscourt experience, should make him victorious.
prediction: De Minor in 2
Boutique Van de Zandschulp vs. Grigor Dimitrov
Head-to-head: Dimitrov 1-0 Van de Zandschulp
Van de Zandschulp boutique She reached the second round at Wimbledon last year as a lucky loser. But the world number 29 played only four matches on grass and lost in the opening round at home in Hertogenbosch last week. The 26-year-old Dutchman defeated Paul Job in the qualifiers in three sets in the first round at Queen’s Club.
Grigor Dimitrov has a pedigree on the turf, having won the title of Queen and reached Wimbledon Semifinalists in 2014. The 22nd seed holds a record 37-27 on the surface, but surprisingly, his win rate is worse on both hard and clay courts. The 31-year-old netted a solid three-set win over world number 11 and finalist Cameron Norrie 2021 in the first round.
The Bulgarian’s wealth of matches on the grass, as well as his ability to take the ball early and move forward effectively, give him the advantage. The form he showed in the win over Nuri is probably too much for Van de Zandschulp, who looks better suited to other surfaces.
prediction: Dimitrov at 2
Jack Draper vs. Emile Rouseaufory
Face to face: first meeting
Jack Draper Show his abilities on grass last year by defeating Yannick Sener and Alexander Bublik to reach the Queen’s Club quarter-finals. Then the 20-year-old Briton, eventual champion Novak Djokovic blasted off in the opening round of Wimbledon. The world number 99 convincingly beat world number 14 Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-2 in the opening round this week.
Emile Rossoforie defeated Jay Clarke and former two-time champion Feliciano Lopez – after saving three match points – to qualify for the event. The world number 56 then battled Quentin Hales in three sets in the opening round. The 23-year-old Finn reached the second round at Hertogenbosch last week.
Draper, who won three Challenge Championship titles this year, has tended to produce inspirational tennis in front of a home crowd so far in his career. A strong left-handed must be able to defeat Rosovori, who is at his best on hard courts.
prediction: Draper at 2
Alexander Bublik vs Marin Cilic
Head-to-head: Cilic 2-0 Public
Alexander Bublik holds a grasscourt record 12-9, making it his best surface in terms of winning percentage. The world number 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 player lost to Andy Murray in the second round of the Stuttgart Championships last week. Publik won the first set over Lorenzo Musseti in the first round in Queens before the Italian retired.
Marin Cilic has won three grasscourt titles (including Queens twice) and was runner-up in three other grass events, including Wimbledon in 2017. The 17th seed beat Britain’s wildcard Liam Brody in three sets in the opening round this 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 competition between two aggressive players who serve big. Cilic’s confidence from his Roland Garros journey and greater fortitude would give him an advantage in a place where he tends to thrive.
prediction: Selic at 3
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