Due to start at 3 pm
Cilic 1.95, Monfils 2.02
Monfils has won all 3 of their previous matches. The last time they played was in February 2018 in Rio. He won on clay in straight sets.
Monfils won the title in Rotterdam last week and also reached the semi finals the week before that. That’s a lot of tennis in 2 weeks. There has to be some fatigue. Both those tournaments were indoors. His hard court results are not as good. He did reach the quarter final in Dubai in 2017.
Cilic reached the fourth round at the Australian Open last month. His hard court results in the last 12 months and also in 2019 are much stronger. he has not played in Dubai since 2010 but reached the quarter finals in his last 2 visits.
This looks a good price on Cilic despite their previous meetings. Monfils is unlikely to be sharp after his 2 long weeks. I will place a part stake on Cilic at the start and I will add more at 2.30.