It’s semi final time at the Dubai Duty ATP Free Tennis Championships and today at 5 ‘o clock we start with the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils. Who will proceed to the final and might play ‘King’ Roger Federer next?
|In what should have been a comfortable straight set win, Gael Monfils lapse in concentration during the second-set means he needed three sets to overcome world #113 Ricardas Berankis in the quarterfinal. Monfils led by a set and break at one stage, but the Lithuanian managed to nick the second-set and force a decider, 6-1 6-7 6-2.|
|This is the first time the mercurial Italian has made three consecutive semifinal appearances on the main tour. In the previous weeks, he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal of ATP Sofia and defeated the same opponent in the semifinal of ATP Rotterdam en route to lifting the eighth world tour title of his career.|
|With these three wins against Marin Cilic, Marcos Baghdatis, and Ricardas Berankis, Gael Monfils has registered his best result in Dubai as his only previous quarterfinal appearance in this tournament ended in a straight-set defeat against Fernando Verdasco in 2017. The Frenchman’s most recent outdoor hardcourt title came in a Middle East Tournament — at Doha in 2018.|
|Like his opponent Gael Monfils, Stefanos Tsitsipas was also leading his quarterfinal match by a set and break but failed to close out the match and was taken to the distance by Hubert Hurkacz, who knocked out the top seed Kei Nishikori in the second round, 7-6 6-7 6-1.|
|The Greek youngster’s struggles in closing out the match was understandable as he needed that win to make his top 10 debut next week. “I’m thinking about it almost every day. I want it badly. I want it to happen very much,” said Stefanos Tsitsipas after the win.|
|After being denied his maiden tour-title by Rafael Nadal at Barcelona and Canadian Open last year, world #11 Stefanos Tsitsipas has now won three big titles in the last four months — at Stockholm, ATP Nex Gen Finals and Marseille.|
|While Stefanos Tsitsipas is on a seven-match winning run and is consistently rising through the rankings over the last 12 months, Gael Monfils is unbeaten in eight matches. Additionally, the Frenchman is injury-free and seems to be fully focussed so far in 2019, which makes him a dangerous opponent for any player on tour. As their H2H may suggest (1-1), this semifinal clash could go either way.|
@BetSheihk Betting Picks: I think Gael Monfils will suprise here and beat the young Greek talent. I’ll be going to the matches tonight , feel free to see me at the Irish Village for a Bullfrog (or two).