2022 Australian Open Men’s Quarters Predictions

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2022 Australian Open Men’s Quarters Predictions

The Quarterfinals are set! Here’s our preview and predictions.

Gael Monfils (17) vs. Matteo Berrettini (7)

This one promises to be one of the most exciting matchups. Both these players are very entertaining to watch. The last time they both played in a Grand Slam Quarterfinal it was at the 2019 US Open where they went the full five sets. Monfils is entering 2022 as hot as any other player out there. He’s already claimed one title and will be looking to extend his run into the semifinals. Berrettini will be just as hungry. Berrettini will try to use his sheer power to overpower Monfils for five long sets. Monfils wins in five.

Denis Shapovalov (14) vs. Rafa Nadal (6)

Shapovalov took out Zverev in the round of 16. Zverev was our tournament favorite. Shapovalov’s grit and power were too much for Zverev and will now be tested against one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Nadal came into this Australian Open with low expectations. He’s now quietly found himself in the quarterfinals, and with Medvedev and Tsitsipas in the bottom half of the draw, along with the absence of Djokovic, this may very well be his best shot to reach an Australian Open final. He’s been out with injury for almost half a year, and I think the lack of match play will catch up to him at this point of the tournament. Shapovalov wins in four.

Jannik Sinner (11) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (4)

Tsitsipas played two sets of incredible tennis to beat Taylor Fritz in the round of 16. He’ll need to play at that level and then some if he wants to give Sinner a run for his money. Sinner is hungry and playing with purpose. It is my view that Fritz was the better player in the Tsitsipas match. He had Tsitsipas on the defensive for most of the fifth set but could not put balls away. No such affliction will happen with Sinner. Sinner will put balls away when Tsitsipas is on the defensive. That will be the difference. Sinner wins in four.

Daniil Medvedev (2) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (9)

Auger-Aliassime is playing some great tennis. Even so, it won’t be enough against the clinical tenacity of Medvedev. Now that Zverev was sent home packing, it is Medvedev who is the overwhelming favorite. He will roll past Auger-Aliassime. Medvedev wins in four sets.

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