2020 Rotterdam Open Final – Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime taking place? Rotterdam Ahoy

When is Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime on and what time does it start? Sunday 16th February, 2020 – not before 14:30 (UK) / 15:30 (CET)

What channel is Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime in the UK? Amazon Prime will be showing matches from the 2020 Rotterdam Open / Tennis TV subscribers may also be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Rotterdam Open

Who won the last meeting between Gael Monfils vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

GAEL MONFILS

  • Gael Monfils eased past Filip Kraijinovic once again in the semi-finals to set up this clash with Felix Auger-Aliassime and put him within touching distance of winning the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament for a second consecutive year.
  • Monfils has an excellent record in Rotterdam having finished runner-up back in 2016 as he lost to Martin Klizan, but he won the crown last year as he overcame Stan Wawrinka in three sets.
  • Monfils has yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament having beaten Joao Sousa, Gilles Simon, Dan Evans and Krajinovic on the way to the final, but he will have to raise his game once again as he comes up against the talented young Canadian.

FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME

  • Felix Auger-Aliassime reached his fourth ATP Tour championship final after beating Pablo Carreno Busta on Saturday, but he now must overcome defending champion Gael Monfils if he is to win his first title.
  • The 19-year-old claimed to have produced some of his best serving of his career so far in the semi-final win and that is backed up by the fact he leads the way with aces in Rotterdam with 46 this week.
  • Other than dropping one set in his opening match against Jan-Lennard Struff, Auger-Aliassime has been in excellent form overcoming Aljaz Bedene, Grigor Dmitrov and Carreno Busta on the way to facing Monfils.

THE PREDICTION

Felix Auger-Aliassime reached three ATP Tour finals in 2019 but he lost out in Rio de Janeiro, Lyon and Stuttgart, so he will be desperate to break his duck here in Rotterdam. He comes up against Gael Monfils who is in excellent form at a venue which has seen him play some excellent tennis in recent years. The enigmatic Frenchman won the tournament last year and has continued that strong form this year too on his way to another final. There is little to pick between the two based on their form on the way to this final, and while Auger-Aliassime has the edge in serving, Monfils has been hitting some outstanding winners this week. This will likely come down to the key moments and could easily go to three sets, but Monfils’ experience and love-affair with this venue, could edge it for him.

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