Gael Monfils (@1.25) vs Radu Albot (@4.0)

Our Prediction:

Gael Monfils will win

Gael Monfils – Radu Albot Match Prediction | 01-11-2019 15:30

It is one that players rarely have to face in the modern game, but it remains a very effective tactic on a grass court. Albot, who typically relies more on his movement and consistency than massive power or an attacking mindset, could well struggle to contend with Ebdens serve-and-volleying style of play. If Ebden deploys it effectively at the Halle Open, expect him to have too much for the Moldovan Albot.

But he has struggled with injuries all year and has won just five matches. In that match, the Italian simply out hit him, a feat Dzumhur seems unlikely to emulate. If Khachanov is able to reign in the unforced errors that have been his undoing at times this year, he should be able to impose himself on Dzumhur and hit his way to victory fairly comfortably. The Bosnian is a fine mover and makes few errors off the ground. Nor is grass his favourite surface.

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He will almost certainly force Monfils to adopt a more aggressive approach than he usually employs. But Herberts excellent volleys should give him the decisive edge in this contest at the Halle Open. His precise serving and deft touch in the forecourt are difficult to contend with on any surface, but particularly so on the slick, low-bouncing grass. Fortunately for the fifth seed, he does boast the power to hit through opponents and Herbert is not one of the better movers on the tour.

The big-hitting Khachanov has enjoyed some fine results on the grass, amongst them reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last season (lost to Djokovic). And after a difficult start to the season, he put together a good run at the French Open, reaching the quarterfinals, though he will surely have been disappointed by the nature of his 4-6 2-6 loss to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini in the first round in Stuttgart last week.

Monfils does not typically play his best tennis on the grass and Wimbledon is the only Major at which he has failed to reach the quarterfinals. However, he will be in for a tough test up against the skilful Herbert, who is enjoying the best season of his singles career and has a game tailor made for grass. But the Frenchman has played some excellent tennis so far this season and should be fairly well adjusted to the demands of grass-court tennis after playing two matches last week at the Stuttgart Open.

But so too can Australias Ebden. He will also surely have high hopes of a productive grass-court season after showing last year at the All England Club, where he reached the round of 32, that he can play on the grass. It has been an excellent season for Albot, crowned by his triumph at the Delray Beach Open in February. The world #66 may not be having one of his better seasons, but he is an effective server and volleys very well.