All of Adelaide’s top three seeds are in the semifinals on Saturday as Karen Khachanov will face Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils will face Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis. What is amazing is the appearance of the last four Kokkinakis.
(2) Karen Khachanov vs. (3) Marin Cilic
Croatian veteran Marin Cilic has finished the 2021 season in the form of a star. He has hosted several great tournaments in Russia, including a trip to the finals in Moscow and a title-winning run in St. Petersburg. 33-year-old Karen Khachanov has sent Saturday’s opponent Karen Khachanov for his second title this year. Cilic defeated Chiago Monteiro and Laslo Jere in a straight set to win the semi-final berth.
Khachanov won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, but finished the 2021 season without a title. The 29th-placed Russian was also half of the thriller’s victory in the fourth round at Wimbledon against Sebastian Korda, one of the weirdest matches in 2021, and served 13 times in the fifth set alone. rice field.
Khachanov lost to Cilic both times he played. The Russians sent Steve Johnson and Egor Gerasimov on their way to the semi-finals. This should go his way, as Cilic plays well and plays on the hardcourts that Croats like.
Cheryl Pick: Cilic 3
Ricky Pick: Cilic 3
(1) Gael Monfils vs. (WC) Thanasi Kokkinakis
The Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis is definitely a tournament surprise. World No. 171 injured rarely played tennis in 2019 and 2020 due to both annoying ankle injuries and the significantly shortened 2020 campaign by COVID. He spent 2021 primarily on the Challenger circuit, trying to improve his rankings, but with limited success.
But here Kokkinakis is in Adelaide, making the most of the wildcards he has been awarded. He took John Millman, Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer to the semi-finals and made the best run in a few years. Unfortunately for the Australian, he encounters Inform Gael Monfils on Saturday.
The French were mercilessly efficient this week. He wasn’t close to dropping the set and easily dispatched both Juan Manuel Serundro and Tommy Paul. Kokkinakis will gain the support of the crowd, but it is hard to imagine Monfils losing it. He is working well and is hitting the ball cleanly.
Cheryl Pick: 3 Monfils
Ricky Pick: 2 Monfils
– Tennis Sports
Adelaide Sci-Fi Preview and Forecast: Monfils vs. Kokkinakis
http://tenngrand.com/2022/01/07/adelaide-sf-previews-and-predictions-khachanov-vs-cilic-monfils-vs-kokkinakis/ Adelaide Sci-Fi Preview and Forecast: Monfils vs. Kokkinakis