In the opening round clash at the French Open 2021, World No. 15 and the 14th seeded Gael Monfils will be up against World No. 38 Albert Ramos Vinolas.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Gael Monfils vs Albert Ramos Vinolas|
|Date||31st May, 2021|
|Prize Money||$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)|
Gael Monfils vs Albert Ramos Vinolas : Preview
Gael Monfils will play his 16th French Open tournament when he takes the court on Monday at the French Open 2021. The local boy has been a regular at Roland Garros since 2004 with his best run coming at the 2008 French Open where he reached the semi-finals.
He went out in the first round at the 2020 French Open for the first time after he made his main draw debut in 2005. He enters with a 36-15 record at the Grand Slam. This will be the 4th tournament of the year for the 14th seed and 3rd on Clay as he was struggling with injury after the 2021 Australian Open. He is yet to go past the Round of 16 this year.
Albert Ramos Vinolas enters his 12th French Open this year. His best run at the Roland Garros so far has been his quarter-final appearance in the 2016 French Open. He was knocked out in the 2nd round at the 2020 French Open and enters with a record with a 15-11 record at the Grand Slam.
Vinolas enters his 9th tournament on the Clay this season having made 2 finals appearances already, winning the Estoril Open 2021 in Portugal and finished as the runner-up at the Cordoba Open 2021. The Spaniard also has 2 semi-finals this year and looks in amazing form on the soil.
Gael Monfils vs Albert Ramos Vinolas : Head to Head
The duo have met 6 times previously with their first meeting going way back in 2011. This will be their first meeting since 2019 when they met at the Zhuai Open in China. While Monfils has been the more successful one, in the 2 Clay meetings between them, both have won 1 match each with remaining 4 happening on Hardcourts. Gael Monfils lead the head-to-head 4-2.
Gael Monfils vs Albert Ramos Vinolas : Prediction
Monfils has been out of form due to lack of matches with his injuries and comes in with a 1-3 record on Clay. He has faced difficulty on the Clay since the last 5 seasons and Vinolas will be looking to use it to his advantage. The Spaniard comes in with an impressive 17-7 record for the season and looks the favourite to win the tie and close the gap in head-to-head between them.
Prediction: Albert Ramos Vinolas to win in 5-sets in the first round of the French Open 2021.