World No.18 Gael Monfils will take on World No.69 Kevin Anderson in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on October 12 2021.
Gael Monfils vs Kevin Anderson: Match Details
- Tournament: Indian Wells Masters 2021
- Match: Gael Monfils vs Kevin Anderson
- Round: 3rd Round
- Date: 12th October 2021
- Prize Money: $51,895
- Surface: Outdoor hard court
Gael Monfils vs Kevin Anderson: Preview
Monfils comes into this match after beating Gianluca Mager in straight sets in the previous round. Although the Frenchman got eliminated in the third round of the 2021 US Open, he made amends by reaching the semifinals of Metz and Sofia in the past few weeks. Earlier in the year, Monfils also made the semifinals of Doha. For the year, the 35-year-old has won seven matches on the hard courts, as compared to six defeats. However, Monfils will be confident of making the fourth round of Indian Wells this time around, given that he will be facing an opponent, whom he has already beaten five times on the tour.
On the other hand, the South African will enter this contest at the back of beating Lorenzo Sonego in the last round. Anderson also beat Jordan Thompson earlier in the competition. Unfortunately, the former Wimbledon finalist’s year has been rough, due to injuries and poor form. With consistent early round exits in most tournaments, the 35-year-old has significantly dropped in the ATP rankings. With eight wins and nine losses on the hard courts in 2021, there is little to suggest that the former World No.5 will do any damage this week in the Californian desert.
Gael Monfils vs Kevin Anderson: Head to Head
These two have met only six times on the ATP tour before. After losing his first five matches against the Frenchman, the South African finally managed to beat Monfils when they last met at 2018 Wimbledon.
Gael Monfils vs Kevin Anderson: Prediction
Monfils will comes into this match as the favourite after having beaten Anderson multiple times previously. Furthermore, the Frenchman has also played adequate tennis, as compared to the South African and perhaps that could make the difference. Once Monfils starts to return the Anderson serve and move the tall man around the court, it will get challenging for the former World No.5 to get the job done.
Match Prediction: Gael Monfils should win in three sets.
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