2020 Rotterdam Open – Gael Monfils vs Gilles Simon Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Gael Monfils vs Gilles Simon taking place? Rotterdam Ahoy

When is Gael Monfils vs Gilles Simon on and what time does it start? Thursday 13th February, 2020 – not before 18:30 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Gael Monfils vs Gilles Simon 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 Gilles Simon? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Rotterdam Open

Who won the last meeting between Gael Monfils vs Gilles Simon? Gilles Simon beat Gael Monfils 0-6, 6-0, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

GAEL MONFILS

  • Reigning Rotterdam Open champion Gael Monfils had his serve broken by Joao Sousa but was otherwise untroubled in a straight-sets second round victory over the Portuguese.
  • The world number 9 prepared to defend his title here by winning his ninth ATP title overall at the Open Sud de France last week in Montpellier after a decent showing at the Australian Open.
  • 33-year-old Monfils beat the likes of David Goffin, Daniil Medvedev and Stan Wawrinka in the final on his way to the Rotterdam title last year but his pathway this year could see him come up against an in-form Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals.

GILLES SIMON

  • 35-year-old Gilles Simon took his time in beating Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in his first match at the Rotterdam Open, taking the first set tiebreak before coming back to win the decider.
  • World number 57 Simon has reached the semi-finals of this tournament on three separate occasions but not since 2015 when he lost to Tomas Berdych, having beaten Andy Murray in the quarters.
  • Rather surprisingly, Simon holds a very healthy 7-2 lead over Gael Monfils in their head-to-head record, 4-2 on hard courts, although they have not played each other since the Madrid Masters in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Gilles Simon was Team France’s captain this time last month and coaching Gael Monfils alongside Benoit Paire but now the two will face each other for a 10th time, with the head-to-head split quite interesting. The elder Frenchman has certainly had Monfils’ number over the years, although they have not met on court since the summer of 2017 and Simon is certainly in the twilight of his career now. This could go to a deciding set, given their history, but Gael Monfils should have it in him to see it through as he defends his title here in Rotterdam.

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