Gael Monfils vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 13, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Gael Monfils and Philipp Kohlschreiber meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 73 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Monfils won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 13 break points. Monfils continues this mature style of play that has produced wins in 10 of his last 12 matches, and he’s really dangerous as long as he remains focused and doesn’t return to the antics. Monfils has 33 career wins over top-10 players with three of those wins coming since 2018. Monfils looks to make the quarterfinals of Indian Wells for the second time in his career and his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal since the 2016 Canadian Open. Monfils has won four of his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is coming off a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Kohlschreiber won 69 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Kohlschreiber won 64 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his four break points. Kohlschreiber was in control of his match from start to finish and now has 25 career wins over top-10 players. Kohlschreiber has won all six sets this tournament and clearly isn’t the same player who entered this tournament on a three-match losing streak. Kohlschreiber has a chance to make the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the sixth time in his career. Kohlschreiber has won four of his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played 15 times and Monfils has won 13 of those matches. The most recent match was in the 2017 Australian Open, a match Monfils won in straight sets. Kohlschreiber hasn’t beaten Monfils since Germany of 2013.
Monfils has the rest advantage with Kohlschreiber having to play yesterday due to a rain delay. He’s also playing the better tennis overall, as this version of a focused and dialed in Monfils is capable of giving a scare to anybody. Not to mention the overwhelming h2h advantage favoring Monfils, and you could argue he’s playing some of his best, most consistent tennis right now.
Monfils moves onto the next round.