The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters is merely two rounds away from crowning its champion on Sunday and here, at BetUS sportsbook, we’ve got you covered for all the tennis betting action this weekend.
Defending champion Stefanos Tsistsipas leads the charge into the semis, but he’s going to face stiff competition from Alexander Zverev, Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Grigor Dimitrov – all of whom are eager to dethrone Tsitsipas from his princely Monte-Carlo throne. Will Tsitsipas reign supreme again in the French principality or will a new champion be crowned when all is said and done?
Let’s check the latest news, stats, and Monte-Carlo Masters odds for Stellar Semifinals Matchups. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Monte-Carlo Masters Semis Preview
Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina vs Grigor Dimitrov
Few would have penciled into their brackets Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina reaching the semifinals, never mind jotting down this semifinal showdown altogether.
The first quarter of the draw featured the top two favorites of the Monte-Carlo Masters – world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and world No. 11 Carlos Alcaraz. According to the betting online markets, Djokovic was the player to beat and Alcaraz was the second-best bet.
The fact that Davidovich-Fokina fell into the same quarter as these starlets effectively diminished his tennis odds. And yet, Davidovich-Fokina stunned Djokovic, against the odds, in the Round of 32. He then reeled off two more victories at the expense of David Goffin and Taylor Fritz to reach the final four.
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Dimitrov’s odds, by contrast, were diminished by his lack of form, even though he fell into the more favorable quarter of the top-half of the draw that was flanked by Casper Ruud and Cam Norrie.
Certainly, the favorable draw did play a part in Dimitrov’s solid run, but it would be churlish to suggest it is the only reason for his deep run. His surge in form helped. Dimitrov is tempestuous, mercurial and unpredictable, but when he’s in form, he’s also one of the most gifted and organically talented players on the tour.
This should be a fascinating contest between two players that weren’t expected to go so deep. One could say that they’re playing with house money. Dimitrov has the experience, but Davidovich-Fokina has the youthful exuberance.
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Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsistsipas
Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are set to go head-to-head for a 10th time in their careers. Tsitsipas owns the 6-3 advantage over Zverev lifetime, as well as the 2-0 edge on clay. The last time they met on the red dirt was at the 2021 Roland Garros semis. Tsitsipas overcame Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 on route to his first-ever Grand Slam final (l. to Djokovic).
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Zverev was taken to the brink in the quarterfinals and he had to go the distance against Jannik Sinner, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to reach the Monty semis for the second time since his maiden foray in 2018. At one point in the match, Zverev received treatment on his knee. He was tight-lipped about it in his postgame interview, refusing to reveal how serious (if at all) it was. Zverev was slated to play a quarterfinal match in doubles, but it appears that he’s withdrawn already.
Tsitsipas was in the driver’s seat of his quarterfinal clash with Diego Schwartzman, serving for the match after just an hour, 15 minutes. However, inexplicably, he suffered a spectacular meltdown and lost the second set and then, before he knew it, he was in a 0-4 hole in the third set, staring at imminent defeat.
Somehow, Tsitsipas rallied in the final stanza and clinched the win, 6-2, (3) 6-7, 6-4. In so doing, he kept his hope alive of winning a second straight Monty title – a feat that he’s favored to accomplish, even though he faces a stiff challenge from Zverev on Saturday.
By all accounts, this is a tough matchup to predict because neither player was especially convincing in his quarterfinal, for different reasons. That said, Tsitsipas might be the fitter of the two right now. Perhaps, even the more confident as well. That could give him the advantage in what should be a compelling battle between two of the game’s NextGen stars.