- Gael Monfils and Filip Krajinovic will meet in the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Saturday (Feb. 15, 8:30 am ET)
- Neither player has dropped a set all tournament, and Monfils is riding a 7-match winning streak
- See below for our betting preview and prediction
With four players left in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, things are about to get really interesting.
One of the semifinal matchups will feature two players with very different story lines. Filip Krajinovic and Gael Monfils are about to square off Saturday (Feb. 15, 8:30 am ET) in Rotterdam with a spot in the final on the line.
Krajinovic continues to be doubted and is once again the underdog in this match. Can he make the oddsmakers look silly one more time against the man pegged as the current favorite?
Gael Monfils vs Filip Krajinovic Odds
|Gael Monfils||-2.5 (-113)||-177||Over 22.5 (-110)|
|Filip Krajinovic||+2.5 (-107)||+157||Under 22.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Feb. 14th.
Filip Krajinovic Proves Everyone Wrong
Krajinovic has had himself a slow but steady climb up the rankings over the years. His career high ranking came in 2017 when he checked in at number 34. In 2020, he isn’t far off that mark as he currently sits at number 39 in the world.
You can expect his rankings to continue to soar with how impressive he’s been during this tournament.
His first round match against Tallon Griekspoor was the only contest that he was actually favored in. He proved exactly why that was the case as he needed just over one hour to get rid of his man in straight sets.
— cigno nero (@cigno_z) February 14, 2020
From there, Krajinovic wasn’t expected to do any further damage. A match with Vasek Pospisil was awaiting him which meant a loss was in his immediate future.
If you believed that storyline then that means Krajinovic enjoyed proving both you and the bookies wrong. It was yet another straight sets win.
Ok, seriously this time, Krajinovic was destined to lose in the quarterfinals. He stood across the net from one of the hottest players on the tour right now in Andrey Rublev. Not only did Rublev win the first two tournaments of the year, but he had lost just one single loss in 2020.
None of that mattered. Krajinovic starched him in straight sets.
Now, he finds himself in the semifinals against a man that the oddsmakers believe will send him home. Again.
Gael Monfils Is Locked In
There’s something different about Gael Monfils nowadays. He still has a flare for the dramatic. And he is still as charismatic as ever, but he seems more serious on the court. His talent has never been in question, but at times his mental approach has been.
With his ranking now sitting at number nine in the world, Monfils seems ready for more.
— Nicolas (@nicolas_dht) February 14, 2020
Joao Sousa was the first man to take him on in the first round. Monfils barely broke a sweat in handing Sousa a quick loss in just over an hour. Next up was Gilles Simon. Again, Monfils took down his man in straight sets.
The contest against Simon was even more impressive when you consider the fact that Monfils was trailing the head to head series 7-2 heading into their showdown.
A date with Great Britain’s number one player in the world, Dan Evans was next up for Monfils. Just like everyone else who came before him, Evans couldn’t win a single set against the Frenchman.
Now, it’ll be a date between Monfils and Krajinovic in the semifinals. These two have some history and nothing less than a great match is expected.
How Do They Matchup?
With just two meetings between them, you can’t say that Monfils has been dominant but you can surely say that Krajinovic has had no answer for him.
The two met back in 2015 when they were at different points in their careers. Monfils managed to walk away with the victory in three hard fought sets. Fast forward five years later and the two found themselves standing across the net from each other yet again. In fact, it was just last week!
During that contest Monfils would take home the win again. He would then parlay that win into a championship trophy.
So far, it’s 2-0 in favor of Monfils, but does that mean he’ll win again?
It’s true that Krajinovic has made the oddsmakers look silly before. It’s also true that he has the talent to do it again. But we’re going to bet that he won’t. Monfils is completely locked in right now, and more importantly he’s healthy.
With Monfils pulling out the win just last week against Krajinovic, expect him to do so again.
Pick: Monfils (-177)
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