The ATP Monte Carlo Masters has reached the quarterfinals, with a mix of big seeds and surprises. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is a welcome newcomer to a field that includes reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. As always, we at LWOS provide a summary of the matchups, but who will win?
Grigor Dimitrov vs Hubert Hurkacz
Dimitrov, 30, has had a decent tournament thus far. He arrived on a sour note, having been eliminated in the first round of the Miami Open. However, in his third round encounter, he defeated fourth seed Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-5 to get to the quarterfinals.
Hurkacz, the 11th seed, has also had a solid performance so far. The Pole’s opening match of the tournament was cancelled, and he has only dropped one set en route to the quarterfinals.
Hurkacz is the favourite to win this match, but Dimitrov will be a difficult opponent. Both players have excellent serves and can move around the court reasonably well. But, once again, this match might go either way, so going the distance may be the best option.
Over 2.5 sets (+114) is the best bet.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Diego Schwartzman
The reigning champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas, is still in the draw, having not yet dropped a set, while other contenders have collapsed around him. Diego Schwarzman, for his part, has weighed in with three solid victories.
This match favours the Greek, who leads the Argentinian in all categories except head-to-head, despite the fact that his lone triumph came on clay.
Tsitsipas in 3 sets is the best bet
Alexander Zverev vs Jannik Sinner
Sinner, 20, has had a good 2022 so far as he strives to improve his game to the next level. The Italian has been making headlines with his ability and has made a few quarterfinal appearances this year.
He’s battled through every match at the Monte-Carlo Masters, including a three-set win against fifth seed Andrey Rublev to advance to the quarterfinals.
Zverev is now the favourite to win this match, with -220 odds to Sinner’s +182. Sinner, on the other hand, will make life difficult for the German. Sinner appears to have become more confidence in the year since they last saw each other in New York.
Over 2.5 sets (+122) is the best bet.
Taylor Fritz vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is a big fan of Monte Carlo. He loves clay anyway, but he has a 6-1 record in two stays in Monaco, including triumphs against Novak Djokovic, Matteo Berrettini, and Alex de Minaur.
He is rewarded with a win against Sebastian Korda by a surging Taylor Fritz, who continues his ascent toward the top ten.
The head-to-head here appears to favour the Spaniard, but it excludes an encounter on clay in the Madrid 1000 qualifier in 2018, which the American won.
This may be a fantastic encounter, with the energetic Spaniard adept of running down all kinds of strokes on the clay, but if Fritz has rediscovered his form, his power can be difficult to cope with.
Over 2.5 sets (+112) is the best bet.