Only four men remain to contest for the championship as the 2022 edition of the ATP Queen’s Club Championships comes to an exciting close. The semifinalists include a mix of top seeds and contenders which should make semifinals day pretty enthralling. As ever, we at LWOT preview and predict both matches for you.
ATP Queen’s Club Semifinal Predictions
Matteo Berrettini vs Botic van de Zandschulp
Head to head – Berrettini 1-0 van de Zandschulp
It’s heartening to see the way Botic van de Zandschulp has been playing this week. The Dutchman has shown he is a very capable player on the hard courts but with his clean ball striking it was always a wonder why he couldn’t replicate the same on grass courts. After a disappointing start last week to his grass court campaign, the Dutchman has rebounded in style to reach the semifinals here.
Unfortunately for him, he now takes on the in form player on grass this year. Extreme credit to the 2021 Wimbledon finalist for coming back on the tour after the injury he endured earlier this year. Matteo Berrettini is yet to lose a match on grass this year and he’s looking very close to being one of the top contenders for Wimbledon. He’s beaten the Dutchman once in their sole meeting and that too on grass. Expect the Italian to be stretched but his serve and forehand should be too much to handle eventually.
Prediction: Berrettini in 3
Marin Cilic vs Filip Krajinovic
Head to head – First Meeting
It’s safe to say that Marin Cilic enjoys playing at the Queen’s Club. The Croat is building up on his run to the semifinals at the French Open by putting another strong performance this week. Cilic is a dangerous base liner especially on grass and the performance this week should be enough for him to be considered a contender come Wimbledon. He’s had to fight for his victories but perhaps more importantly, he’s managed to find a way every time.
Filip Krajinovic is definitely the surprise semifinalist this year. The Serb has played superb tennis on his weakest surface to reach a well deserved-semifinal. Expect the Serb to come out firing as he’s done all week but Cilic should reign supreme in the baseline rallies and if he manages to keep his double faults in check, the Croat should move on.
Prediction: Cilic in 2
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