Matteo Berrettini vs. Gael Monfils
The 34-year-old Monfils hasn’t dropped a set, and he has won five of them either 6-1 or 6-0. But his flawless run has gone slightly under the radar as far as happy Slam stories go. Maybe that’s because, of the nine times he has reached the quarterfinals at a major, he has advanced to the semis just twice. Or maybe it’s because we assume his run will end at the hands of Berrettini.
The Italian is nine years younger than Monfils, he has beaten him both times they’ve played, and he has been a beast on serve lately. In his last match, against Pablo Carreño Busta, Berrettini made 77 percent of his first serves and hit 28 aces. Anything like that level will make life difficult, if not impossible, for Monfils. Still, we can enjoy the Frenchmen at his best, while it lasts. Winner: Berrettini