Raonic vs. Monfils
|Date & Time||Friday July 29, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic square off in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rogers Cup.
Gael Monfils is coming off a three set win over David Goffin that took 31 games to decide. Monfils continues to play high level tennis and remains as focused as we’ve ever seen him play. Monfils has chilled out with the antics and is actually playing to win rather than pleasing the crowd. Monfils has now won 16 of his last 19 sets and is fresh off a title in the Washington Open. Monfils has been a top-10 player in his career before, but he’s currently playing some of his best and most consistent tennis in recent memory. Monfils has won five of his last eight quarterfinal appearances. Monfils has won eight straight matches on hard court.
Milos Raonic is coming off a straight sets win over Jared Donaldson that took 17 games to decide. Raonic continues to show just how much of a threat he is on hard court, as his power serve and shotmaking really complement his game well. Raonic has been downright rolling ever since his early exit in the Rome Masters and looks for what could be his third straight finals appearance. Of course, for this tournament, it certainly helps that Raonic’s has the home crowd behind him to give him an extra boost of confidence. Raonic has won six of his last nine quarterfinal appearances. Raonic has won 12 of his last 15 matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous four meetings and the most recent match came in this year's Indian Wells Masters, a match Raonic won in straight sets. Raonic has won the last two meetings against Monfils.
I’m a huge fan of Monfils, especially this new look of focusing 100 percent on the match and not the antics. We’ve backed him a ton this season. However, Raonic is a machine on hard court and has the home crowd in his favor, which is why you have to give him the edge.
I’ll side with Raonic in three competitive sets.