Kuznetsov has won both their previous matches..Both matches were this year on hard courts and he won in straight sets each time.
Chardy has never won a match in Monte Carlo as underdog. He did reach the 2nd round in the last 2 seasons.
Kuznetsov played Monte Carlo for the first time last year. He came through the qualifying rounds and lost to Monfils in 3 sets in the main draw.
Chardy has lost in the 1st round for his last 3 tournaments. His confidence may be a little low. Four of their 5 sets have been tight. I think we will see a higher price on Kuznetsov.
Back Kuznetsov above 1.75