Milos Raonic’s quest for his first Masters 1000 title continues against Gael Monfils, a player who, similar to Raonic, has played three previous Masters 1000 finals – emerging fruitless each time.
Monfils dominated the match up in its early years, but Raonic has come out victories in their two 2016 meetings. In Melbourne, the Canadian dispatched his French rival with a barrage of body serves and tenacious baseline play; in Indian Wells, it was accurate approach shots and sharp net-play that saw Raonic through.
Both players have played at the top of their form in Toronto, with Monfils coming in on the back of his first ATP 500 title in Washington and Raonic riding his Wimbledon momentum through two straightforward wins in his homecoming tournament.
Who will get the win tonight? Here’s how these two players match up:
|Raonic (CAN)||Monfils (FRA)|
|December 27, 1990
(25 years old)
|Birthdate||September 1, 1986
(29 years old)
|No. 7||Ranking||No. 14|
|No. 4 (May 11, 2015)||Career-High Ranking||No. 7 (July 4, 2011)|
|Brisbane champion, Australian Open semifinals, Indian Wells final, Queen’s Club final, Wimbledon final||2016 Results So Far||Australian Open quarterfinals, Indian Wells and Miami quarterfinals, Monte Carlo final, Washington champion|
|Australian Open quarterfinals, Brisbane final, Indian Wells semifinals, St. Petersburg champion||Best 2015 Results||Monte Carlo semifinal, Marseille final, French Open fourth round|
|Final (2013)||Best Rogers Cup Result||Quarterfinals (2011)|
|2016 Wimbledon finalist & 2016 Australian Open semifinalist, 2014 Roland Garros quarter-finalist, 2014 Paris Masters finalist, 2014 Washington champion; 2013 Rogers Cup finalist; Eight ATP titles||Notable Career Results||2008 French Open semifinalist; Six-time Slam quarter-finalist (2009, 2011, and 2014 Roland Garros; 2010 and 2014 US Open; 2016 Australian Open); Five ATP titles; three-time Masters 1000 finalist|
Their head-to-head is tied at 2-2.
2016 Indian Wells – Raonic d. Monfils 7-5, 6-3
2016 Australian Open – Raonic d. Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2013 Halle first round – Monfils d. Raonic 6-4, 6-2
2011 Stockholm semifinal – Monfils d. Raonic 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3