Gael Monfils of France seeded sixteen will play the 10th seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain in the quarter-finals of the ATP Rogers Cup on Friday, August 9. The match is scheduled from 7.50 pm local time (12.50 am August 10 BST) and you can find the Roberto Bautista-Agut v Gael Monfils live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Roberto Bautista-Agut v Gael Monfils Head to Head
The pair have played each other four times before, with Monfils currently having the edge in their head to head series with three victories to one. The Frenchman won in Cincinnati in 2014, and again in both Rotterdam and Marseilles a year later. However, Bautista-Agut won their most recent encounter, in this same tournament, two years ago,
Monfils, Struggling with Consistency and Achilles
Monfils had an encouraging start to the year, winning his 8th ATP career title in Rotterdam, and getting to the semi-finals in both Sofia and Dubai. He also reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells.
However, he had a less happy time during the European clay court and grass seasons, losing in the third round of his home event in Roland Garros, and going out at the first attempt at Wimbledon.
He had not played for over a month since that defeat in South London, struggling with a persistent Achilles problem, and that lack of match fitness almost cost him dear in his first round match here against the local wildcard entrant, Peter Polansky, dropping the first set to the Canadian, before bouncing back to take the next two and the match.
A kind draw then pitched him against the qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, and he was able to win that match in straight sets without ever being totally convincing, with sudden lapses of concentration a feature of his play.
He was in much better form though in his third round match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Thursday, disposing of what looked like a dangerous opponent, on paper at least, for the loss of just four games.
Bautista-Agut, Continues to Cement His Reputation
Bautista-Agut continues to produce results and to enhance his growing reputation. He began the year by winning his 9th ATP career title in Doha, and he has also reached the semi-final in Munich, whilst there have also been four previous quarter-final appearances in tour events, including in the Miami Masters.
However, it has been in the Grand Slams where he has had the biggest impact, reaching the last eight in Melbourne, and going one better at Wimbledon, before his run was ended by the eventual winner Roger Federer. He has reached the fourth round at the US Open twice before and will be looking to at least match that achievement again in a few weeks’ time.
He has been in fine form so far this week, and has yet to drop a set. He began his week by beating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, winner in Los Cabos last week, and then eased past the experienced Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Thursday, in a match that, surprisingly, saw no player serve a double fault.
Evenly matched on first serve, it was Bautista-Agut’s superior ability to win points on his second serve, and dominance on return, that proved the difference between the two players in the end.
Bautista-Agut v Monfils Predictions & Tips
Bautista-Agut will start the favourite for this match at 77/100, whilst Monfils is 133/100. Monfils has the better head to head record of the two, but Bautista-Agut is in superior form, and is now higher ranked and seeded than the Frenchman. It may take three sets, but the Spaniard should win.
Tip: Bautista-Agut to win in three sets: 2/1 (888Sport)