Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Gael Monfils
|Date & Time||Friday May 3, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Clube de Ténis do Estoril
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Gael Monfils meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Davidovich Fokina won 77 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Davidovich Fokina won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 10 break points. Davidovich Fokina dominated a top-50 player from start to finish, getting 81 percent of his first serves in play and winning 10 of the final 12 games to close the match. Davidovich Fokina has won all four sets this tournament and has won 11 of his last 15 matches overall if you include qualifying and challenger play. Davidovich Fokina has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court.
Gael Monfils is coming off a three sets win over Reilly Opelka that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 70 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Monfils won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his six break points. Monfils completely turned things around after dropping the first set, and he got 85 percent of his first serves in play while saving nine of his 10 break points. It was the type of closure to a match that could give Monfils a massive boost of confidence moving forward. Monfils hopes to win at least two matches in a single tournament for the fifth time in his last six tries. Monfils has split his last eight matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Davidovich Fokina is on one of the better stretches of his young career at just 19 years old, but he’s hard to trust in spots like this given the lack of experience. Davidovich Fokina has almost zero main tour experience to speak of, and he’s going up against one of the more talented players in the sport who can dominate when playing focused. We’ve seen a different Monfils these past couple of years, so this is a match he should win in straight sets.
Monfils cruises to the semifinals.