Francisco Cerundolo will meet Jack Draper in the Quarter-Finals of the 2023 Lyon Open. The match will be played on Thursday May 25th, 2023.
Francisco Cerundolo is ranked 28th on the ATP Tour and is the fourth seed here at the 2023 Lyon Open. The Argentine has really been outstanding over the past few seasons, however has not been at his best in recent months. With only a 11-8 record this season, he is a much better player than that stat suggests and was looking good in his First Round match against Juan Pablo Varillas. However, his opponent retired after the first set, which will leave Cerundolo refreshed and ready for his Quarter-Final encounter with the Brit Jack Draper.
Jack Draper is unseeded here at the 2023 Lyon Open and is ranked 60th in the world rankings. The Britsh lefty is yet to drop a set here in Lyon, defeating Alexandre Muller in the First Round and then upsetting the favored Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4, 7-5 in the Round of 16. He will be looking to use his serve to dominate this match against Francisco Cerundolo, but his opponent is a seasoned clay court expert who returns very well. Draper has the tools to succeed here but is certainly the underdog.
This should be a win for Francisco Cerundolo, who I expect to be too consistent for Draper here. The Brit has all the tools to be a star, but has been very inconsistent lately and this is not his favored surface. This could change quickly if his serve is on fire, but it sees unlikely that he can put everything together for long enough to have a serious shot at the upset here. I won't back the straight set win just in case, but i'm very comfortable predicting a victory for the Argentine who will move on to the Semi-Finals here at the 2023 Lyon Open.