Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Tournament - Semifinals

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Apr 17, 2021, 04:37

First Semifinal  -  S Tsitsipas vs D Evans


The present rankings   -    Tsitsipas    =    5

                                       Evans       =   33


Bets                           -     Tsitsipas   =   1.16

                                        Evans       =   5.50

Andrews is 33 years of age and was at one stage banned for usage was illegal substances,   After completing the ban in 2017 he has been competitive, bit never reached a semi-final  stage in a PTA 1000 tournament.    Djokovic is the first time he has beaten a top ten player in any tournament,   Whether to read much into his defeat of Djokovic must be seen against the fact that -

*    after lengthy absences frim tennis in 2020 Djokovic was badly beaten in the Austrian Open by Sonego and after that by both Medvedev and Thiem in the end-of- year Champions Tournament in London in November 2020;

*    before the Aussie Open Djokovic did play a number of matches in the Tennis World Cup series in Australia to ensure the required level of match fitness  to win in that Major - but even then he struggled to win in some matches; and

*    Djokovic has not played in any tournament in more than 2 months and he looked rathe questionable when playing Sinner in Round 2 -  the latter youngster had two service-breaks  in the first set  - and seemingly having match fitness problems. 

Tsitsipas this year in fact played well and was a semifinalist in the Aussie Open - was a semi-finalist in Rotterdam where he was beaten by Rublev and was a finalist in Acapulco.   He had a favorable  win-loss ratio  in 2021, but did mot look convincing  in the up-and-coming Davidovich Fokina - who was looking like beating Tsitsipas before he suffered from a leg muscle  injury in the quarterfinals.

Taking into account  the above and despite the fact that Evans is a hardworking player there is ln way that Tsitsipas will be beaten by Evans.

Second Semifinal  -  A Rublev vs C  Ruud

The present rankings   -    Rublev      =    8

                                       Ruud        =   27

Bets                           -     Rublev      =   1.33

                                        Ruud        =   3.50

There is little doubt that the 22 year old Ruud is a very good player and  the players he beat thus far in Monte Carlo is proof of that.   Although he beat Fognini convincingly in the quarterfinals - Rublev beat Fognini 6-2. 6-1 in the World Cuo series in January 2021.   

The other fact is that Ruud has played 4 matches against Rublev and never beaten him yet,   

Rublev - 

*    in 2020 won the most tennis tournaments of any tennis player - winning 5 such tournaments against Djokovic's 4; and 

*    has the best win-loss record of any player thus far in 2021/

Rublev is in red hot form at present and even though Ruud is a very good player - the chances of him beating Rublev is rather remote,.     

                 

Apr 17, 2021, 14:58

As predicted Tsitsipas beat Evans easily 6-2, 6-1 in the semi .    We will now have to wait to see whether Rublev or Ruud  plays him in the final.   He must quietly hope it is Ruud,    

Apr 17, 2021, 14:58

As predicted Tsitsipas beat Evans easily 6-2, 6-1 in the semi .    We will now have to wait to see whether Rublev or Ruud  plays him in the final.   He must quietly hope it is Ruud,    

Ruud gave Rublev some serious up-hill - especially in the second set - but Rublev won 6-3,7-5

So it is

S Tsitsipas (4)  vs  A Rublev (6) in the final.       

 
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