World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on No. 5 seed Gael Monfils tonight, Friday August 12th, in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Rogers Cup, in Montreal Canada. Djokovic is 6-0 lifetime against Monfils. Rogers Cup oddsmakers have Novak Djokovic listed as -1200 moneyline favourite to beat Gael Monfils who is listed as +600 underdog. Make your 2011 Rogers Cup: Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils predictions early before the big match.
Gael Monfils saved three match points to beat No. 12 seed Viktor Troicki on Thursday, 36 76(0) 76(5). “Maybe mentally I'm strong because I know I can run forever and can cover my court for many hours. Maybe that's why I was stronger than Viktor today." said Monfils, who saved those match points down 6-5 in the second set, and was also down a break in the third. Monfils is playing his first quarter-final here; Djokovic captured the title in 2007.In the 2011 french open, Monfils defeated 7th seed David Ferrer 6–4, 2–6, 7–5, 1–6, 8–6 to reach the quarter finals. In the quarterfinals, he lost to Roger Federer 6–4, 6–3, 7–6. Monfils entered Wimbledon 2011 as the ninth seed. In the first round, he defeated Matthias Bachinger of Germany 6–4, 7–6, 6–3. In the second round, he defeated Grega Zemlja 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6. Monfils was defeated in the third round by Lukasz Kubot of Poland 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6.
Novak Djokovic is 50-1 on the season with an ATP World Tour-high eight titles. In his first tournament since becoming No. 1 on the ATP World Tour, Djokovic has had some close moments in his first two matches here – he lost his serve four times in his 75 61 victory over Nikolay Davydenko, and was also pushed hard early by Marin Cilic before cruising to a 75 62 victory. At the 2011 Austrailian Open he beat defending champion Roger Federer in straight sets 7–6, 7–5, 6–4 to reach the final, where he defeated Andy Murray 6–4, 6–2, 6–3 for his second Australian Open championship and second grand slam. At the 2011 French Open Djokovic's winning streak ended in the semifinals at 43 matches (41 occurring in 2011), with a four set loss to Roger Federer, 6–7, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7.
Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils
When: Friday, August 12th@7:30 PM ET
Pick: Djokovic -1200
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The Bottom Line: Djokovic will win, but Monfils will give him a run for his money. Make your 2011 Rogers Cup: Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils predictions in before the big match.