In the opening round at the ATP Lyon Open 2021, World No. 15 and the 5th seed Gael Monfils will be up against World No. 51 Lloyd Harris.
Match Details :
|Tournament||ATP Lyon Open 2021|
|Match||Gael Monfils vs Lloyd Harris|
|Date||18th May, 2021|
Gael Monfils vs Lloyd Harris : Preview
Gael Monfils has been struggling for form since the resumption of tennis post the Pandemic halt. The Frenchman is yet to win a match since Septermber,2020 across 7 tournaments and has had issues with his fitness as well in this time. In 2021 he has played just two tournaments which includes the 2021 Australian Open where he lost in an epic 5-setter in the first round.
He took a break again as his injuries resurfaced and had to miss tournaments for nearly 3 months. The French No. 1 comes to his homeland from the Rome Masters 2021 where he was knocked out in the first round.
Lloyd Harris has been struggling for consistency as well after impressing at the Dubai Open 2021 where he reached the finals from the qualifying rounds. That remains his best run of 2021 and has not gone past the Round of 32 since playing in Dubai. The South African No. 1 comes to Lyon from a first round defeat at the Rome Masters 2021.
Gael Monfils vs Lloyd Harris : Head to Head
The duo have met just once on the tour, with the meeting taking place in the Round of 32 at the Chengdu Open in China back in 2018 where the South African emerged victorious in 3-sets after dropping the first. Llyod Harris leads the head-to-head tie 1-0.
Gael Monfils vs Lloyd Harris : Prediction
Both the players are struggling for form and consistency and are looking to get in their groove eyeing the French Open 2021 that kicks-off in a fortnight. Harris however looks to win this one as Monfils has not looked at his best, but has made sure he does not give away an easy win. In both his matches, Gael has taken the game in the decider set which is a good positive for him.
Prediction: Lloyd Harris to win in 3-sets in the opening round at the ATP Lyon Open 2021.