Two of the most promising men on the ATP Tour square off in French Open betting action on Tuesday afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier, as No. 9 Gael Monfils hopes to represent his country well in a duel against one of the top players ever in the history of the sport, No. 3 Roger Federer.
Monfils is one of the most exciting players in tennis right now, but he definitely has his work cut out for him in this match. The French Open has always been his best Grand Slam event, as he has been a quarterfinalist once before and a semifinalist in 2008. In both instances, he was eliminated by none other than Mr. Federer, who stands between him and the semis once again this year. Monfils really hasn’t had an easy match in this bunch even though he has clearly had the French supporters on his side this entire way through. He needed four sets in his first round match to finally eliminate Bjorn Phau, and it took four sets as well to dismiss a French qualifier, Guillaume Rufin in Round 2. The third round match against Steve Darcis was probably a heck of a lot more difficult than 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 suggests, but there is no doubt that the fourth round tie against No. 7 David Ferrer was an instant classic. Both men had claims to this match and this spot against Federer, but with one last push in the third set, Monfils was able to get through 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 1-6, 8-6.
Is it fair to say that Federer is “slumping” right now? After all, he hasn’t won a Grand Slam event since the 2010 Australian Open, and he hasn’t even made a finale since that point as well. Still, it’s safe to say that Federer is still one of the most dominating players on the ATP Tour even though he is now 29 years old. He has yet to drop a set here in Paris, and he has faced just about as hard of a draw as was humanly possible for him to face. Federer also knows that this bout against Monfils is definitely not one to be overlooked. Tus far in this tournament, Feliciano Lopez, Maxime Teixeira, Janko Tipsarevic, and Stanislas Wawrinka have all dropped in straight sets, and there has only been one tiebreaker that Federer has had to play as well. He’s already got 37 aces in four matches, and he only has four double faults to offset those. When you’re winning over 83 percent of your first serves though, you’re going to be tough to top, and that’s what everyone else facing Federer has had to deal with thus far in this tournament.
Monfils might be worth trying on the handicap at +6.5 +110, but we just don’t see him pulling off the upset in this match one out of even eight times at this level. Federer is still out to prove that he is one of the best at his craft, and the Swiss native will do that with ease on Tuesday afternoon. Stick with Federer -755.
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