Damir Dzumhur vs. Gael Monfils
|Date & Time||Friday February 15, 2019, 11:00 AM (EST)|
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Damir Dzumhur and Gael Monfils meet in the quarterfinal of the 2019 tennis Rotterdam Open.
Damir Dzumhur is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Dzumhur won 79 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Dzumhur won 77 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his eight break points. Dzumhur has served at a very high level this tournament and did a very fine job of building on his surprise victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Dzumhur has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament since winning the Antalya Open back in June. Dzumhur has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Gael Monfils is coming off a three sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 78 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Monfils won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 11 break points. Monfils has his serve working at the moment, which included 11 aces in his last match, and when he’s dialed in he’s more than capable of striking wins together. Monfils hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the third time in his last five tries. Monfils has won five of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in this years Australian Open, a match Monfils won in straight sets. The match took 22 games to be decided.
Monfils not only has the rest advantage in this match, but he absolutely dominated Dzumhur just last month, as he was in complete control of that match from start to finish. It can be tricky breaking down a Monfils match, as he has a history of not taking the game serious and can throw away crucial points that determine the outcome. However, based on what we’ve seen the past few weeks and with an extra day of rest, this is a match Monfils should win rather comfortably.