Arguably the most anticipated match-up on Friday afternoon in Metz is the encounter between swashbuckling Frenchman Gael Monfils and Polish No. Jerzy Janowicz. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
Former champion Gael Monfils reached the quarter-final round of the tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over qualifier Michal Przysiezny. The contest lasted a total of 72 minutes and was a straightforward victory. The Frenchman, who won the title in 2009, has generally been successful at this event and has now reached his fifth quarter-final.
World No. 40 Jerzy Janowicz scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament. The 23-year-old struck 9 aces, 78% of his first service points and saved all 3 of the break points he faced on serve. After a week start to his season due to injuries, Janowicz is starting to show consistency in his overall game – a promising sign for his 2015 season.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and has all the makings of an intriguing encounter. Monfils has had the better season overall, particularly in his US Open fortnight, where he took 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to 5 sets. On home soil, he is undoubtedyl the odds on favourite to win this match-up.
Prediction: Gael Monfils in Three Sets