French tennis superstar, Gael Monfils has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Sofia Open in Bulgaria. Monfils, at this stage of the tournament, will play against the number 2 seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece.
It has been an exceptional few months for Stefanos Tsitsipas as he won the 2018 ATP Next Gen Finals and made the semifinals of the 2019 Australian Open. Stefanos Tsitsipas’s Australian Open was very special as his campaign included a win over Roger Federer. Tsitsipas has continued his good form into this event and he won his previous match in straight sets against Jay-Lennard Struff. It was a dominant performance by Stefanos Tsitsipas as he won 100% of his service games while winning 1 return game to set up a comfortable victory. Stefanos Tsitsipas is playing exceptional tennis and is looking very high on confidence which will make him very hard to beat.
On the other side of the court, Gael Monfils won his previous fixture in straight sets. During the win, Monfils returned serve exceptionally well as he won 42% of his receiving points which allowed him to win 4 return games. Monfils is a very experienced player as he has been on the tour for 15 years and won 7 ATP titles. That being said, Gael Monfils will have to be at his best to compete since his opponent is one of the most talented young players in the world.
Gael Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas have played once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at the Shanghai Masters where Stefanos Tsitsipas won in straight sets.
With everything taken into consideration, I am going to pick Stefanos Tsitsipas to win this match. Monfils has had a good tournament but Stefanos Tsitsipas seems to be playing much better tennis. Stefanos Tsitsipas is looking high on confidence after his recent results and I see him winning this match and making the semifinals.