- The semifinals of the ATP Monte-Carlos Masters will be played Saturday, April 16th
- Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Grigor Dimitrov will compete in the semifinal of the day
- Continue below for odds, preview, and best bet prediction for the match
It is down to the final four at the 2022 ATP Monte-Carlo Masters, and the first semifinal match will be between two unseeded players. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Grigor Dimitrov are set to take the court on Saturday, April 15th at 7:30 am ET.
The two have had incredible runs to get to this point, and were not expected to be here. Both players have completed unexpected upsets, and it should be an exciting semifinal.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Grigor Dimitrov ATP Monte-Carlo Masters Semifinals Odds
|Alejandro Davidovich Fokina||-1.5 (-112)||-134||Ov 22.5 (-125)|
|Grigor Dimitrov||+1.5 (-118)||+114||Un 22.5 (-125)|
Odds as of April 15th at FanDuel.
World ranked No. 46 Davidovich Fokina is the slight favorite over No. 29 Dimitrov in the match, but where is the best bet?
Davidovich Fokina’s First Masters 1000 Semifinal
The 22-year old hit a new career high on Friday when he upset 10th seed Taylor Fritz 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal.
Davidovich Fokina had to piece together a comeback when he went down after losing the first set. He came out swinging in the second set, and made adjustments to his game, that ultimately led to the win.
22yo Alejandro Davidovich Fokina comes back to beat Indian Wells champ (and Race #4) Taylor Fritz 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the first M1000 semifinal of his career in Monte Carlo. What a week he is having! pic.twitter.com/2QdwQnuRpn
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) April 15, 2022
The Spaniard has really made a name for himself this week after defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round. He’ll be looking to continue all the momentum that he’s gathered this week into this semifinal match against Dimitrov.
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Unseeded Dimitrov Reaches the Final Four
Much like his semifinal opponent, Dimitrov had to figure out a way to win the match after losing the second set, forcing a decider. He eventually managed to secure the upset over 11th seed Hubert Hurkacz, winning 6-4, 3-6, 7(7)-6(2).
A bit more is on the line for Dimitrov when it comes to this semifinal. If he were to have a final appearance here in Monte-Carlo, it looks like he’d be able to secure a Top 20 spot in the rankings on Monday.
Grigor Dimitrov doing Grigor Dimitrov things: defeats Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2) to reach the third Masters 1000 semi-finals on clay, second in Monte-Carlo. And he will be the favorite against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) April 15, 2022
The Bulgarian has had a pretty great tournament so far, having also upset fourth seed Casper Ruud in straight sets on Thursday. But Davidovich Fokina will be another test for the 30-year old, as he looks to extend his 11-6 record on the year.
Second Career Meeting
There’s just one previous match to go off of between these two players. Their one and only previous meeting came in 2021 on clay where Davidovich Fokina won in straight sets.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Grigor Dimitrov Head-to-Head Stat
Where’s the Best Bet?
Will it be experience or the youth that comes out on top Saturday morning? Grigor Dimitrov has complete a few hundred more matches than the 22-year old Davidovich Fokina, including eight titles. But the young Spaniard has shown that he’s here to stay this week.
Davidovich Fokina plays well on clay. It’s possible he plays better than Grigor on clay. But Grigor has been a bit more consistent over the past few tournaments.
It does seem that it’s too close to make a smart bet on who will win outright for this match. It sometimes is at this point in a tournament. So if we’re looking beyond the winner, distance can be the next best thing to look at. And in this case, it seems worth it.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 sets (+110)
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