TennisSection previews the 2022 Melbourne Open as Emil Ruusuvuori takes on Alex Molcan in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, January 7th, 2021.
Will Alex Molcan cause another upset here at the 2022 Melbourne Open as he aims to get into the Semi-Finals? Will Emil Ruusuvuori show us his strong tennis which we know he can play in these hot hard court conditions? Both players are determined to make a name for themselves in 2022, but who will get an early lead as they reach the 2022 Melbourne Open Semi-Finals?
Alex Molcan has played well here at the 2022 Melbourne Open, beating two very experienced players in Andreas Seppi and David Goffin. Alex Molcan is not a very well known player, but he did make somewhat of a name for himself in 2021 when he played at the Serbia Open and caused a few upsets and reached the Semi-Finals where he played a great match against Novak Djokovic. Molcan will be aiming to make a bigger name for himself in 2022, but he will have a tough challenge now as he meets Emil Ruusuvuori.
Emil Ruusuvuori had to fight through a very tough match against the always tough Jordan Thompson, beating the Aussie in 3 sets. Emil is a very good player on his day, making some later stages of big tournaments at times. However, we have not seen much from him in the last few months. Here at the 2022 Melbourne Open, he has been taking the right steps, such as training with Rafael Nadal, and I am sure he will be determined to come out here and get a win against Alex Molcan to most likely play Nadal in the Semi-Finals.
Emil Ruusuvuori and Alex Molcan have met 1 time before, with Emil Ruusuvuori leading the head to head 1-0. They met in the challenger tour in 2019 where Emil won in 2 sets. Alex is slightly higher ranked, but this is only because of his good 1 / 2 weeks on the ATP Tour in 2021, whilst Emil had injury issues last year. Emil seems ready to go here at the 2022 Melbourne Open and I think that when it comes down to who has the best style of tennis for these hard court conditions, I think Emil edges Alex out here.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Emil Ruusuvuori to Win.
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