2019 Madrid Open – Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils taking place? The Magic Box, Madrid

When is Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils on and what time does it start? Thursday 9th May, 2019 – 15:00 (UK)

What channel is Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils? This match will be streamed live for subscribers of Amazon Prime

Where can I get tickets for Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils? https://www.madrid-open.com/en/tickets-mutua-madrid-open/

THE LOWDOWN

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer beat fellow one-handed backhand extraordinaire Richard Gasquet in a regulation 6-2, 6-3 victory to set up this mouth-watering round of 16 tie with Gael Monfils.
  • The world number three is 19-2 for the year following that win and has gone six matches without dropping a set, including the Miami Open final back in March.
  • Federer of course holds the advantage over Gael Monfils in their head-to-head record 9-4, but it is smaller events such as the Madrid Open where the Frenchman has found success against the Swiss.

GAEL MONFILS

  • Gael Monfils has delighted the Madrid Open crowds so far in his two wins over Andreas Seppi and Marton Fucsovics to face world number three Roger Federer in the round of 16.
  • Monfils is ranked 18th in the world right now and seeking to progress to the quarter-finals of this tournament for the first time since 2010, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.
  • Monfils has a respectable four wins to Federer’s nine in their head-to-head, and while they have not faced each other since 2015, Monfils’ last two victories both came on clay.

THE PREDICTION

Prediction aside this match should be a tennis fan’s dream between two of the game’s silkiest players. The 9-4 record between them of course favours Roger Federer, as does any rational thinking, but Federer's first-round defeat of Gasquet was his first match on clay in three years and Monfils has had some success against the Swiss player on the surface. Monfils has all the tools, and some extra, to win here but it would take a brave move to bet against the Swiss until he meets the ‘other two’.