Yep Pico isn't bad and his sked lined up in a way he got a lot of points in a certain way, and he was able to keep playing not get hurt or have a bad spell of early round losses or whatever.
He is good, but not great.. Alund on the other hand is ok but mentally fragile and below average.. yet he is top 100 and now in an ATP semi.. much more of an accomplishment.
Alund getting into the TOP 100 is much more surprising, no point of comparison. His average ranking is probably something like 400. He came out of nowhere.
Monaco may not be very liked on MTF, but he was actually 14 in the world some years ago (2007) untill his nightmare of injuries started and his level dropped drastically for some time. In 2011 he started coming back, and although he is probably one of the weakest top 10 in decades it was something that you could have imagined. He was on his way to it back in 2007.