August 13, 2022

The second set of round of 16 matches of the ATP Queen’s Club Championships is full of thrilling action. Tommy Paul and Ryan Peniston are looking to capitalize on their first-round upsets where they knocked out two of the favorites to win the tournament. Stan Wawrinka is in action in his quest to win his first grass court title in a decorated career. Sam Querrey looks to be a danger again on his favorite surface after a tough season, and fellow American Denis Kudla takes on last week’s Stuttgart title holder Matteo Berrettini. This tournament is one of the main preparations for Wimbledon, so it will be fun to see which players form on the grass.

ATP Queen’s Club Day 4 Predictions

Denis Kudla vs. Matteo Berrettini

Face-to-face: 3-3

Kudla is a good grass player and made the final at Surbiton and has a Wimbledon fourth round appearance to his name. Berrettini showed no signs of rust after an injury stoppage, winning the title last week in Stuttgart. They surprisingly split their one-on-one, but Berrettini owns the last two encounters, including their only encounter on grass. Kudla has been average lately and lost in qualifying here before being awarded a lucky loser. Berrettini looks strong on his return and the reigning Wimbledon runner-up will have no problem with Kudla on fast grass courts that suit his power play.
Prediction: Berrettini in 2

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Filip Krajinovic v Sam Querrey

Face-to-face: 1-1

Querrey have had a very difficult start to 2022, winning only two of their first ten matches. Qualifying included, he has won six games in the past two weeks alone, finding his form on his all-time best surface. Krajinovic had a solid season leading to a Top 50 finish, despite being much less comfortable on grass. It will only be his second game on the surface in 2022 after sending Jenson Brooksby in the first round. Success on grass is often indicated by experience and form, and Querrey has recorded eight appearances on the surface as well as years of good results. Querrey’s big serve will continue to be a big asset, and he’ll rely on that to stay ahead and control the game.
Prediction: Querrey in 2

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Ryan Peniston vs. Francisco Cerundolo

Face-to-face: First meeting

Cerundolo is playing his first tournament of his career on grass. He easily won his first-round match, although he beat clay-court specialist Pedro Martinez. Peniston is a journeyman who scored a wild card this week and came out strong knocking out No. 1 seed Casper Ruud in the first round. He relied on a solid left-handed serve where he was only broken once the whole game and only faced two break points. He played primarily at Challenger level, but scored back-to-back quarter-finals on grass, beating the top 80 players in both tournaments. Peniston look great on the grass and will have a home crowd behind them, as well as a lot more experience on the box. Cerundolo is a strong player and will put up a great fight, but Peniston will win a decisive tie-break to win the match and continue their run.
Prediction: Peniston in 3

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Tommy Paul vs. Stan Wawrinka

Face-to-face: 1-0 Wawrinka

It will be a bit of a clash of styles between players looking to improve their records on grass. Paul has a strong and fast forehand which he will use to try and confuse Wawrinka’s slower but powerful groundstrokes. Paul upset defending Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov in a tight three-way match for his first-ever grass-court tour victory. Wawrinka has had his worst results on grass by far, winning only half of his career games on the surface against an overall winning percentage of 63.2%. While Stan is more experienced, he struggled in the first round against Frances Tiafoe, winning 7-5 in a deciding tie-break. Wawrinka served incredibly in the first round with 22 aces which will be a tough performance to replicate. Paul will use his speed on the court and his shots to confuse Wawrinka and can force him to make enough mistakes to win the match.
Prediction: Paul in 3

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