Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:45 AM (Rotterdam)
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Defending champion, Gael Monfils, meets Gilles Simon in the second-round of the 2020 Rotterdam Open.
Monfils put on a show in his first-round win over Joao Sousa. Monfils is an incredible talent, and unlike his early years as a tennis player, he has become more and more focused on winning. Monfils is improving as a player and he has a great chance of defending his title here in Rotterdam. Monfils won his 9th career title just last Sunday and if his form continues, he will definitely add a 10th title in 2020.
Gilles Simon came through a hard-fought match against Mikhail Kukushkin in the first-round. Simon was very consistent in the first set but lost complete control in the second. Simon was able to stir the ship in his favour towards the end of the match and snatch the victory. This performance doesn't give me much confidence about Simon, he didn't play aggressive, but rather waited until his opponent made mistakes.
This will be the 10th meeting between these two players, and Simon leads the H2H 7-2. Although Simon has beaten Monfils 7 times already, I do not see this match going that way. Monfils is the better player, he has learnt to concentrate and focus in matches unlike his past self. Simon on the other hand, is still a good player, but has dipped in form and is not as consistent as he used to be. With Monfils being the defending champion here, I see him being extra focused and motivated to win.
Monfils to win.