ATP Petersburg Open, an ATP 500 tournament will commence from Monday. The tournament will be played on indoor hard court surface with top players being a part of the draw. The defending champion is Daniil Medvedev who is the top seed at Petersburg and returns on court after a disappointing first round exit at the French Open. Some other big names include French Open quarterfinalist, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic.
The first quarter has the likes of Daniil Medvedev, French Open quarterfinalist, Jannik Sinner and Borna Coric among other players. The defending champion has tricky first round fixture against Richard Gasquet and will only get tougher as he might face Jannik Sinner in Round 2. But the Russian top seed is expected to battle through both the matches in his home tournament. Borna Coric should be the other quarterfinalist as he faced Feliciano Lopez in Round 1 with a possible clash against Roman Safiullin in Round 2.
First Quarterfinal Prediction: Daniil Medvedev vs Borna Coric
Player to watch out for: Jannik Sinner
The second quarter has the likes of 7th seed Karen Khachanov and 6th seed Canadian, Milos Raonic. The Russian 7th seed will start off his campaign playing James Duckworth in Round 1 with a potential matchup against Tennys Sandgren in Round 2. Raonic is expected to be the other quarterfinalist with a possibility of a tricky encounter against Alexander Bublik in Round 2.
Second Quarterfinal Prediction: Karen Khachanov vs Milos Raonic.
Player to watch out for: Alexander Bublik
The third quarter has the likes of Taylor Fritz, Ugo Humbert and 3rd seed Andrey Rublev. Taylor Fritz will face Cameron Norrie in Round 1 and is expected to sail into the quarterfinals without much difficulty. He will most likely face Rublev in the last 8 who has been in exceptional form since the past 2 months. Rublev faces Vasek Pospisil in Round 1 and a possible encounter against Ugo Humbert in Round 2.
Third Quarterfinal Prediction: Andrey Rublev vs Taylor Fritz
Player to watch out for: Ugo Humbert
The 4th quarter has the likes of 2nd seed Denis Shapovalov and 3 time Grandslam champion, Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss starts his campaign against Daniel Evans and is expected to reach the last 8 where he will face Denis Shapovalov. The 2nd seed plays the big serving Sam Querrey in Round 1 and is expected to play Adrian Mannarino in Round 2.
Fourth Quarterfinal Prediction: Denis Shapovalov vs Stan Wawrinka
Player to watch out for: Sam Querrey
The 1st quaterfinal between Medvedev and Coric will be won by the Russian who will progress into the semifnals. The second quarterfinal between Karen Khachanov and Milos Raonic will be a close match, with Raonic emerging victorious owing to his dominant play on hard courts. The 3rd quarterfinal will be won by Andrey Rublev who is expected to breeze past Taylor Fritz comfortably. The 4th quarterfinal will be another thriller that might go all the way down to the wire. Shapovalov has shown his prowess on clay over the past few years and will defeat Stan Wawrinka.
1st Semifinal: Daniil Medvedev vs Milos Raonic
2nd Semifinal: Andrey Rublev vs Denis Shapovalov
Daniil Medvedev will defeat Raonic in the first semifinal in a fiercely contested match with both the players being huge servers. The second semifinal will feature two NextGen players with Shapovalov up against Rublev. The Canadian second seed will emerge victorious after an intriguing battle and will face Medvedev in the final.
Final: Daniil Medvedev vs Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov will defeat Daniil Medvedev in the final to claim his maiden ATP Petersburg Title and stop the Russian from winning back to back titles at his home tournament.
Title Winner- Denis Shapovalov