The number one seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal will play the number sixteen seed Gael Monfils of France in the semi-final of the ATP Rogers Cup on Sunday, August 11. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Rafael Nadal v Gael Monfils live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Gael Monfils Head to Head
The two Spaniards have played each other no fewer than sixteen times before, with Nadal leading their head to head series by fourteen matches to two. In fact, the two victories by Monfils have both come in the same event – in Doha in 2009 and 2014 – with Nadal proving dominant in all the other tournaments where they have met.
Nadal Survived Early Scare against Fognini
Having surpassed Roger Federer’s record of Masters victories on Thursday, Nadal made it win number 380 on Friday night by defeating Fabio Fognini, but not without some initial difficulty as strong winds buffeted the court.
He dropped his serve in the third and fifth games to hand Fognini the first set 6 – 2, and the Italian was dreaming, at that stage, of claiming his second win of the year over the Spaniard, having defeated him in the semi-finals of Monte Carlo. However, it was not to be – Nadal found his rhythm and his range in the second set and went on to close out the match very comfortably, losing just three more games.
Now he is closing in on another title, which would be his fifth here, and his 83rd in all in his senior career. He is already 4th on the all-time list in the Open era and is now chasing the record of the next name above him, Ivan Lendl, who finished with 94.
Monfils, Defied Recent Form to Beat Bautista-Agut
Monfils began his year in encouraging fashion, 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.
Since then though, results had dried up, losing in the third round of his home event in Roland Garros, and going out at the first attempt at Wimbledon.
Coming into the Rogers Cup, he had not played for over a month because of a persistent Achilles problem, and he struggled to beat Canadian wildcard, Peter Polansky, in the first round here. He then beat qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, before his form returned as he beat the dangerous 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.
His quarter-final against Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain fell victim to the weather on Friday night, which allowed two points only to be played before the rain forced the match to be suspended. When they resumed on Saturday, Monfils took the first set, only for Bautista-Agut to fight back and take the match to a third and deciding set. That went to a tie-break before Monfils was able to finally close out the match.
Nadal v Monfils Predictions & Tips
.Nadal will start the overwhelming favourite to win this match. Not only has he got by far the better record over his opponent but, because of the way that the scheduling has worked out and the weather, he will have had an extra day’s rest than the Frenchman.
Tip: Nadal to win in straight sets: 2/5 (888Sport)