Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet meet in an all-French semi-final at the ATP event in Eastbourne today and I’m backing the latter to get the job done in straight sets.
The pair have met 15 times so far on the ATP Tour and Monfils just shades the head-to-head with eight wins to Gasquet’s seven.
However, only one of those meetings came on grass and it was Gasquet who prevailed, claiming a 2-1 win in Halle earlier this month.
Since then the world number 27 has played six matches on the surface to Monfils’ two, and he’s been in good form in Eastbourne with straight set wins over big servers Kevin Anderson and John Isner.
Monfils, the world number 16, can be a tough and unorthodox opponent to come up against but Gasquet is the better of the two on grass and as such I expect him to win without dropping a set today.
The 31-year-old did lose a set to Monfils in Halle but that was the two-time Wimbledon semi-finalists first grass court match of the season. Gasquet lost the first set in Germany before fighting back to win the match but on another day it could have been more straightforward, as he managed to force break points in all of Monfils’ service games in that opening set.