2019 Rogers Cup – Hubert Hurkacz vs Gael Monfils Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Hubert Hurkacz vs Gael Monfils taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Hubert Hurkacz vs Gael Monfils on and what time does it start? Friday 9th August, 2019 – 00:50 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Hubert Hurkacz vs Gael Monfils? Scattered thunderstorms with a temperature around 28c

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

Where can I stream Hubert Hurkacz vs Gael Monfils? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Hubert Hurkacz vs Gael Monfils? https://sport.bt.com/live-on-bt-sport-01364117948039

THE LOWDOWN

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HUBERT HURKACZ

  • Hubert Hurkacz beat big-serving Taylor Fritz in the first round of the Rogers Cup before pulling off a shock win over fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets.
  • The 22-year-old Pole put himself in the spotlight at this year’s Wimbledon when he took a set off the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the third round and shows plenty of promise for the future.
  • Hurkacz qualified for the Rogers Cup this year for the first time after two failed attempts in 2017 and 2018 and was highly successful on a hard court at Indian Wells this year, losing in the quarter-finals to Roger Federer.

GAEL MONFILS

  • World number 20 Gael Monfils has led a charmed life at this year’s Rogers Cup so far with two low-level opponents in his opening two rounds, but he now faces young upstart Hubert Hurkacz for the first time.
  • The unorthodox Frenchman has reached the quarter and semi-finals of the Rogers Cup, having his campaign ended by Novak Djokovic both times in 2011 and 2016 respectively.
  • The 32-year-old has a hard-court title under his name this year, winning the AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam back in February, and he seems to favour the higher bounce on this surface over the grass-court season.

THE PREDICTION

Hubert Hurkacz’ defeat of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last round represents a great improvement in 2019 after the Greek star put him out of two consecutive hard-court tournaments back in February, and Gael Monfils should fear him. The Frenchman will garner plenty of support in Montreal, not just for the heavy presence of French-Canadians but his uniquely exciting style of play. This will be a fantastic spectacle, and with no previous meetings between the pair and Hurkacz’ continual improvements, a result would be largely guesswork. Fans will want to see a decider, Monfils is the great entertainer and the Pole has it in him to win any set by a tie-break, so this looks set to go the distance.

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