An all-French final between defending champion Richard Gasquet and 2010 finalist Gael Monfils is set to take place tomorrow afternoon in the Open Sud de France. Monfils leads the Head-to-Head series 5-4 and will be looking to extend that lead further with another win over the top seed.
World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has had a fantastic week in Montpellier, where he defeated fellow Frenchmen Paul-Henri Mathieu and Albano Olivetti as well as Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz, all without dropping a single set. This tournament marks his debut event with his new coach Sergi Bruguera and it appears it will be a fruitful partnership. His semi-final contest was the biggest obstacle this week, as he withstood 16 aces from Janowicz, but played a consistent game, hitting 80 % of his first service points to advance to his 21st ATP World Tour final.
After finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal last month in Qatar, France’s Gael Monfils is looking to win his first title of the season this week in his home country. He defeated sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in 79 minutes to set up his tenth clash with Davis Cup teammate Richard Gasquet. The French No. 1 defeated Monfils in the second round in Montpellier last year but he will be looking to avenge that lost this year at the indoor event.
This marks the tenth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Monfils leading the head-to-head series 5-4. The two are tied on French soil at 2-2 but Gasquet holds the advantage on this particular surface with a victory over Monfils last year. This should be an entertaining encounter that will likely go three sets before Gasquet clinches the victory for his eleventh ATP World Tour title.
Prediction: Richard Gasquet in Three Sets