French tennis superstar, Gael Monfils has continued his impressive form by making the semifinals of the 2019 ATP Dubai Tennis Championships. At this stage of the tournament, Monfils will face the number 5 seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece.
Stefanos Tsitsipas enters this match having won his previous fixture in 3 sets. It was a close match for Tsitsipas as the first 2 sets were decided by tiebreakers but the Greek superstar showed his class in the final set which he won 6-1. During the win, Stefanos Tsitsipas served very well as he won close to 70% of his service points which resulted in him winning 88% of his service games. Stefanos Tsitsipas enters this tournament is exceptional form as he won the Open 13 last week. With such form on his side, Stefanos Tsitsipas will be very hard to stop.
On the other side of the coin, Monfils has also been in exceptional form lately as the Frenchman won ATP Rotterdam two weeks ago. Entering this match, Monfils beat Ričardas Berankis in 3 sets. It was a solid performance by Monfils as he won 7 break points to run away with the match. This is going to be a much tougher match for Gael Monfils as he is playing a much more skilled opponent in Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils have played each other twice in the past with both players winning on one occasion. The most recent match between Tsitsipas and Monfils was earlier this season at ATP Sofia where Gael Monfils won in straight sets. Stefanos Tsitsipas’s win over Monfils was last season at the Shanghai Masters
As far as this match is concerned, I am expecting a very close match that will be won by Stefanos Tsitsipas. Stefanos Tsitsipas is a better tennis player and is a much more consistent performer. Monfils is very exciting to watch but his flare often costs him against the top players. Stefanos Tsitsipas just won the Open 13 and I see him making the final of this tournament also.