Gael Monfils vs. Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Monday June 3, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Antoine Hoang that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 76 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Monfils won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 12 break points. Monfils got 53 percent of his first serves in play and saved three of his four break points. Monfils has won all six sets this tournament and has made light work of his opponents, which should give the Frenchman plenty of gas in the tank for this contest. As long as Monfils continues to serve at this level, he’s got a shot to continue marching on in his home grand slam. Monfils hopes to make his ninth career grand slam quarterfinal and first since the 2016 US Open. Monfils looks for his fifth career quarterfinal in the French Open. Monfils has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a four sets win over Pablo Cuevas that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Thiem won 77 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Thiem won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 12 break points. Thiem got 63 percent of his first serves in play and saved four of his eight break points. Thiem has dropped a set in each of his first three matches and has been broken a combined seven times, so while he’s still one of the top favorites to compete for a title, the Austrian has left the door open for his opponents early. Thiem hopes to make his fifth grand slam quarterfinal, with four of them taking place at the French Open. It would be four straight French Open quarterfinal trips with a victory here. Thiem has won six of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played four times and Thiem has won all four matches, including the most recent meeting in 2018 Buenos Aires. Thiem is 2-0 against Monfils and two of the four matches overall were decided in straight sets.
Thiem should be favored here based on his history on clay and his consistency in this tournament. Thiem has also owned the h2h, but I put less stock into that given that it’s just recently where Monfils has chilled out with the antics and focused more on winning. This is a much better and more dangerous Monfils today, and I’m going to back him to win. Thiem has allowed lesser opponents to hang around and has given his opponents many looks at break points. Monfils has been extremely solid in both his serve and return, and he’ll have a loud French crowd behind him that he’ll certainly play into.
This is an intriguing fourth round match that could go either way, but I’ve been more impressed with Monfils up to this point.