A second successive final beckons for the defending champion Gael Monfils when he takes on Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in their semifinal of the 2020 Rotterdam Open on Saturday, February 15. The start time for the match is approximately 7.30 pm local time (6.30 pm BST). You can find the Gael Monfils v Filip Krajinovic live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Gael Monfils v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
They have played each other twice and Monfils has won on both those occasions. While the first match came in Miami 2015, they had met as recently as last week in their latest encounter, with Monfils winning that semifinal as well in straight sets. Wonder how often have two players featured in back to back to weeks on the same surface at the same stage of the tournament?
Seven in a Row for Gael Monfils
There was a point raised in the previous preview whether Monfils would have enough fuel left in his tank to continue playing with the intensity he has over the last week or so. After all, going into his quarterfinal against Dan Evans, he had already played six matches in eight days and Evans had himself been in some form.
There were no real problems for the Frenchman. He was stretched to a tie-breaker in the first set but once Monfils found his bearing, he sent Evans packing in straight sets to seal his semifinal berth. And he did so by registering his seventh win on the bounce and sixth in a row in straight sets.
Now he takes on an opponent who was one of the six he had sent packing in straight sets as well and despite the obvious exhaustion, the confidence and the prize to do it again will be too tempting for Monfils.
Krajinovic No Pushover
He might be 39th in the world, but Krajinovic is playing some of the better tennis of his career. As mentioned earlier, he was a losing semifinalist to Monfils last week at Montpellier – a tournament the Frenchman went on to win – and has already displayed some brilliance to make it to the semifinal here at Rotterdam.
Even better is the fact he is yet to drop a set, even stunning Andrey Rublev in straights in the quarterfinal. Rublev was himself in the form of his life, going into that match with a 14-2 win-loss record and a couple of title wins under his belt. So much so he was 1/3 to win the match and yet, Krajinovic made it through 7-6, 6-4.
Form-wise, there’s no debating Krajinovic has a chance to go all the way but the big question is if he can shrug off any psychological scars from the loss last week to Monfils. If there’s someone left in this tournament who can, however, beat Monfils in this current state, it looks like Krajinovic.
Gael Monfils v Filip Krajinovic Predictions & Tips
Monfils is 8/15 to win this and it’s only fair a player on a seven-match winning streak comes in as this big a favourite. Also expect the Serb to give his wholesome here and push Monfils, probably even to a fifths set.
Low-Risk Tip: Over 22.5 games in the match: 5/6 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)
Medium-Risk Tip: Three sets in the match: 7/5 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)
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