French Open 2019 – Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils taking place? Roland-Garros, Paris

When is Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils on and what time does it start? Monday 3rd June, 2019 – (not before) 13:45 (UK)

What channel is Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils on in the UK? ITV4 & Eurosport are sharing broadcasting rights for the French Open so it is worth checking their schedules

Where can I stream Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils? Televised matches can be streamed via the ITV Hub & Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils?
https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/home

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Dominic Thiem 4-0 Gael Monfils
Last meeting: Dominic Thiem beat Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-1

THE PLAYERS

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Dominic Thiem has made steady progress without really hitting the heights that took him to last year's final as he has dropped a set in each of his first three rounds at Roland-Garros, with his most recent match being a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.
  • The Austrian has an excellent recent record at the French Open having reached at least the semi-final stage in the last three years and the red dirt clearly represents his best chance of winning a Grand Slam.
  • Thiem has a favourable head-to-head record with Monfils having won all four of their previous meetings although this will be the first time they have faced off at a major.

GAEL MONFILS

  • The ever-popular Monfils has delighted his home crowd so far with a trio of straight-sets victories and he has looked more focused than ever before at this year's championship.
  • The Frenchman has had more success at Roland-Garros than any of the other majors and will be seeking to reach the quarter-final stage in Paris for the fifth time in his career, with his best showing being a semi-final appearance back in 2008.
  • Despite never having beaten Thiem, he has taken a set off the Austrian in two of their four meetings and he comes into this contest with plenty of confidence that he can cause an upset after some impressive performances in the early rounds.

THE PREDICTION

History points to a Thiem victory here but it is Monfils who has made the better start to this year's tournament. The Frenchman relishes in entertaining the crowd and he has certainly done that so far, but his game has historically not matched up well with Thiem, who likes to draw out the points into baseline rallies. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Monfils could record his first ever victory over the world number four, but the sensible play is to back last year's finalist to emerge as the winner.