Novak Djokovic Tel Aviv

ATP Quarterfinals predictions for Tel Aviv including Novak Djokovic vs Vasek Pospisil

ATP Tel Aviv has reached the quarterfinals and, to no surprise, returnee Novak Djokovic is there. Constant Lestienne continues his interesting rise, but the home crowd lost their last Israeli in Round 2. Can anyone seriously challenge Djokovic for the title? We make our picks below including Marin Cilic vs Liam Broady.

ATP Tel Aviv Quarterfinals, including Novak Djokovic vs Vasek Pospisil

Arthur Rinderknech versus Roman Safiullin

Head to head: Safiullin 1-0

Rinderknech is the better player in this matchup and has just gained a foothold on the ATP tour this year, while Safiullin is still a step behind. The Russian has played very little in the past six weeks while the Frenchman has put together some decent games of late. Rinderknech has defeated Diego Schwartzman in this tournament, as well as Jaume Munar and Nikoloz Basilashvili not so long ago, while his last two losses were to Hubert Hurkacz and Daniil Medvedev. Safiullin won the only H2H, but that was the first match of the year and he played better then, including a win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in February.

Prognosis: Rinderknech in the 3

Maxime Cressy vs Constant Lestienne

Head to head: first meeting

An excellent performance on the Challenger Tour this summer justified Constant Lestienne’s jump into the ATP and created a confusing scenario. He’s 4-1 all on hard courts and has beaten some decent opponents including Alejandro Tabilo, Adrian Mannarino and Emil Ruusuvuori, the latter two here in Tel Aviv. But Lestienne is 30 years old and it’s hard to imagine him peaking at this late date. A career Challenger Tour and ITF player, Lestienne has nevertheless climbed over 150 ranks this year and has had his best hard-court hard-court success on the Challenger Tour. Cressy is the better player overall and prevailed against a good opponent in Sebastian Korda in the last round and is favored here. But Lestienne could surprise or at least compete with Cressy.

Prediction: Cressy in 3

Marin Cilic versus Liam Broady

Head to head: Cilic 1-0

Liam Broady posted his second best upset of the year by beating Botic van de Zandschulp in the last round (the number one is his upset against Diego Schwartzman at Wimbledon). But he’s a very low rank and mostly lives off the Challenger and ITF tours. He faces a tough test in Marin Cilic, who has played well in recent months after a break in the middle of his resurgent season. Cilic is a hard-court monster when he plays and he’s been more than absent this year and warmed up well here with a win over Dominic Thiem after taking time off after the US Open. The Croatian should handle this cleanly and try to end it quickly to save energy for a potential title run.

Prediction: Cilic in 2

Novak Djokovic vs Vasek Pospisil

Head to head: Djokovic 5-0

Djokovic rages after an absence from the Tour after unceremoniously knocking out Pablo Andujar in Round 2. Pospisil had his best win of the season against Tallon Griekspoor in Round 1 but otherwise hasn’t beaten anyone in the top 100 all year. These two facts are all everyone needs to know, but if you’re still in doubt, check the H2H. Most of these were in straight sets, pitting against the main version of the Canadian.

Prognosis: Djokovic in the 2

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