2019 Paris Masters – Denis Shapovalov vs Gael Monfils Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Denis Shapovalov vs Gael Monfils taking place? Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France

When is Denis Shapovalov vs Gael Monfils on and what time does it start? Friday 1st November, 2019 - not before 18:30 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Denis Shapovalov vs Gael Monfils? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Denis Shapovalov vs Gael Monfils? https://www.rolexparismasters.com/uk#block-generic-core-catalogue

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Gael Monfils beat Denis Shapovalov 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov looked like an amped-up version of himself in his round of 16 clash with Alexander Zverev and won the first set in some style before the German regrouped to force a decider.
  • The young Canadian will play Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals, facing the Frenchman for the second time in their career but so soon after their first meeting; a five-set epic in the third round of the US Open won by Monfils.
  • World number 28 Shapovalov has lost to four players since that US Open defeat, and to high-calibre opponents in Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, David Goffin and a much underestimated Pable Carreno Busta. His defeat of Zverev was his first top 10 win this year.

GAEL MONFILS

  • Gael Monfils looked in trouble after Radu Albot took the first set of their round of 16 match but he rallied to win quite comfortably afterwards to reach the quarters.
  • The popular entertainer is getting a lot of love on court alongside fellow veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as they hope for the first French Paris Masters champion since Tsonga took the title in 2008, with Monfils into his third quarter-final here.
  • Monfils is just one win away from a shock qualification for the incoming ATP Finals after Roberto Bautista Agut missed out in defeat to Alex de Minaur. Matteo Berrettini is waiting in the wings in hope of a Monfils loss.

THE PREDICTION

There is a lot suddenly riding on this match for Gael Monfils, who has come from nowhere to be in with a chance of qualifying for the ATP Finals as well as playing in a home tournament here. He will book his ticket to the O2 in London next Sunday with a win but he will have to up his game if he is to get anything against this version of Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian put in one of the best performances of his life in defeating Sascha Zverev yesterday and has looked dangerous all hard-court season. Shapovalov has beaten two players of a higher calibre, Fabio Fognini and Zverev, than Monfils’ wins over Benoit Paire and Radu Albot. This points towards Matteo Berrettini owing his fellow next gen star a favour once Shapovalov beats the Frenchman here.

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