Cilic vs Monfils (By: Miyagi)
Cilic's condition is questionable ever since December where he picked up the knee injury which forced him to withdraw from the major Indian tournament (Pune) and risked his AO participation. The last time he stepped on a court was a full month ago in that AO quarter-final loss to Bautista-Agut. Although he was scheduled to participate in Rotterdam a couple of weeks ago, he withdrew, stating that his knee hadn't fully recovered yet, so this is just his second tournament in 2019!
Monfils, on the other side, had a much harder time with injury issues over the last few months and he was even forced, at a point, to participate in challengers (Kaohsiung), which probably was the turning point for him as after he won that title, as his record ever since is 15-7 and hasn't lost a single game in straight sets! He comes from a great tour in Rotterdam where, among others, he defeated Goffin and Medvedev and went on to smash Wawrinka in what was a much easier final than he probably expected, despite the three sets.
Monfils has never lost to Cilic in three meetings, with the one in Rio (clay) being their most recent, where Monfils won in straight sets.
Monfils is a very defensive minded player or simply a 'pusher' despite his antics/ showboating and occasionally skillful shots which confuse people. Cilic is the far more aggressive player who is constantly looking for winners and that is the reason why Monfils is a bad match-up for him since the Frenchman has the ability to chase and return every ball, even on fast surfaces, and that puts all the pressure back on Cilic who is prone to unforced errors.
Monfils is currently hot, fully fit and playing with great confidence while Cilic's status is a big mystery at the moment and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he is forced to participate in this tour (huge participation fees from the hosts etc.) and, unless Monfils is about to serve terribly, I can't see how he will lose this game as he should have Cilic under constant pressure throughout the entire match.
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Cilic vs Monfils predictions
|Monfils||Pinnacle||1.93||10||1-2 WON (+9.3 units)|
Cilic vs Monfils betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).