Given the quarter-final lineup in the first half of the year, it is guaranteed that there are already some surprising Monte Carlo finalists. Friday is Huberto Hurkacz vs. Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Grigor Dimitrov vs. (11) Hubert Hurkacz
Hurkacz probably didn’t want to leave Florida’s friendly territory. There he trains and plays the best tennis. 14th place Paul won the Miami Open in 2021 and won the doubles title with John Isner this year. European clay isn’t a very good setting for Hurkacz, but so far he hasn’t had any problems with the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The 11th seed has advanced to the quarterfinals, which he did thanks to three impressive clay court wins against Hugo Dellien, Pedro Martinez and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Speaking of good wins in this regard, Dimitrov confused Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-5 during Thursday’s third round of action. The 29th-placed Bulgarians preceded the result by passing Nikoloz Basilashvili (retired) and Dusan Lajović (4-6, 6-3, 6-2). Dimitrov is probably happy to play this particular match in clay, but Hurkacz is in the shape of an excellent all-court, and his defeat of the three clay-court opponents is encouraging. A 25-year-old kid should get enough free points in a big hit to book a spot in the semifinals.
Pick: 3 Hurkacz
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. (10) Taylor Fritz
At the time of the draw, the quarter-final match in this section of Bracket was expected to be Novak Djokovic vs Carlos Alcaraz. Instead, it’s Fritz vs. Davidovich Fokina. Djokovic lost his first match against Davidovich Fokina, and Alcaraz soon fell into the hands of Sebastian Korda. Sebastian Korda was bounced by Fritz in the third round. Davidovich Fokina also routinely separated Marcos Giron and David Goffin, and Fritz defeated Corda in a straight set at the expense of Lucas Catalina and Marin Cilic, winning three sets.
As a result, a third face-to-face meeting took place on Friday, splitting the previous two encounters (both in clay). Fritz won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the 2018 Madrid qualifying, and a year later Davidovich Fokina finished his job in Estoril (7-6 (3), 6-in the quarterfinals. Four). This should be a spectacular match in clay against both players in a particularly powerful form at the moment, but on the other surface obviously big edges go to Fritz. Given Davidovich’s comfort towards the red and how he pursued his career’s biggest win with his overwhelming performance against Goffin, the 22-year-old may be able to continue this run.
Pick: Davidovich Fokina 3
– Tennis Sports
Hurkacz vs. Dimitrov, Fritz vs. Davidovich Fokina
http://tenngrand.com/2022/04/14/monte-carlo-qf-previews-predictions-hurkacz-dimitrov-fritz-vs-davidovich-fokina/ Hurkacz vs. Dimitrov, Fritz vs. Davidovich Fokina