Only eight men remain at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters following a day of sizable upsets in which two of the top four seeded players suffered early exits. Could a similar pattern repeat itself or normal service will resume on Friday? Latest Monte-Carlo Masters 2019 betting tip of the day for the quarter-finals below.
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Novak Djokovic Will Face an in-form Daniil Medvedev
This is unquestionably the pick of the Friday matches on Court Rainier III, as World No.1 Novak Djokovic prepares for a stern examination against in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic owns the head-to-head record 3-0, but was pushed to four sets in their recent encounter at this year’s Australian Open.
The Serb was in sparkling form in Melbourne where he captured a record-breaking 7th Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. However, things were not rosy during the American hard court swing with early defeats at both the Indian Wells and Miami Masters respectively.
Djokovic has since rediscovered the winning touch at the Principality where he is a two-time champion. Despite dropping a set to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round, the result was never in doubt. He avenged his loss against the German and followed that three set win with a straight sets demolition of American Taylor Fritz.
Medvedev’s steadiness and power will be cause for concern for Djokovic. The Serb was also quick to point out during the post-match interview following his third round victory that Medvedev moves extremely well for a man of his size. The Russian was also one of only two men (along with Denis Shapovalov) to take a set off the World No.1 during his record-breaking run at the 2019 Australian Open.
Nadal is a Man on a Mission in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal is seeking a dozen Monte-Carlo Masters crowns. He has forever etched his name in the history books, and the scriptwriters may be running out of ink to re-write another masterpiece in his illustrious career. If ever there was a tennis equivalent to automatic, it would certainly be the Spaniard winning on his beloved clay. His quarterfinal opponent Guido Pella has enjoyed stellar success in 2019, but even he will feel this is a task too far.
Borna Coric May Struggle with Fatigue v Fabio Fognini
Fabio Fognini struggled for match wins during the first quarter of the year. His brilliant comeback win against Andrey Rublev in the first round could be the catalyst of a winning streak.
The Italian No.1 took out Alexander Zverev in straight sets in the last round and will play Croatia’s Borna Coric in the last eight. Coric needed nearly three hours to down Hubert Hurkacz in his opening match and then saved a match point in another slugfest which lasted over three and half hours against Jaume Munar.
Although his win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert was devoid of any drama, he could run out of steam against a rejuvenated Fognini.
Sonego and Lajovic Have a Chance of a Lifetime
Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic registered a stunning win over fourth seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets. He will face Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego, with both players searching for their maiden appearance in a Masters 1000 semifinals and potentially against World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Tennis Betting Tip of the Day:
Fognini to beat Coric: 1/1 (Unibet)
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