Bautista Agut vs. Goffin
David Goffin hopes to rediscover top form in Monte Carlo after a disappointing return from injury at the Miami Open. The Belgian won just one game during the entire match against Joao Sousa in Crandon Park. Nevertheless, Goffin secured his first win since coming back from injury with a 7 – 6 7 – 5 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round. Adding to this, playing in Monte Carlo brings great memories to David with the world No.10 reaching the semi-finals in 2017.
Roberto Bautista Agut continues his quest for first apperance in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Known as one of the greatest competitors in the game, Bautista Agut is going through one of the best moments in his career after winning his first ATP World Tour 500-level title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships earlier this season. Looking now at Roberto’s campaign on this event, the 30-year-old reaches this stage of the competition after a straight-sets win against Feliciano Lopez.
These two players will face each other for the fifth time in their careers with Bautista Agut leading on the h2h by 3 – 1.
Despite Goffin’s victory on their most recent encounter at the 2017 Sofia Open, Roberto is far from an easy match-up for the Belgian. On the other hand, the slow conditions in the Monte Carlo Country Club should benefit Bautista Agut on this match. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Roberto’s moneyline at 91/100 at green listed bookmaker William Hill as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Roberto Bautista Agut ML at 91/100 at William Hill
Zverev vs. Gasquet
Mischa Zverev’s dream run continues in Monte Carlo. The 30-year-old produced one of his best ever performance to upset Lucas Pouille in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Despite slow start, the German recovered from a set down to secure his 15th Masters 1000 win. Adding to this, Zverev won back-to-back matches for the first time in 2018 after winning only 28.57% of the matches played so far this season before this event.
The 2005 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finalist Richard Gasquet is the last French player left in the draw after Gilles Simon’s defeat in the previous round against Karen Khachanov. Gasquet took just 72 minutes to seal a straightforward victory over Diego Schwartzman and book a place in the 3rd round for the sixth time in his career. Despite Schwartzman’s undeniable quality, the Argentinean couldn’t find the answer to Gasquet’s solid baseline game with 27 unforced errors against only 14 from Richard.
This will be the 2nd official meeting between these two players with Gasquet winning their previous encounter at the Shenzhen Open in 2016.
The bookmakers expect a straightforward win from Richard with the French as the heavy favourite at 23/100 at 5Dimes while Zverev is available at 16/5 at William Hill. Despite Mischa’s brilliant run in Monte Carlo, it won’t be easy for the German to overcome such a talented player as Gasquet on these slow conditions. Having said that, our advice is for you to add Richard’s -1.5 Set Handicap to your betting picks at 19/25 at Pinnacle.
Best Play: Richard Gasquet -1.5 Set Handicap at 19/25 at Pinnacle