French tennis player, Gael Monfils has made it into the second round of the 2019 ATP Dubai Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates. At this stage of the tournament. Gael Monfils will play against Ričardas Berankis from Lithuania.
Ričardas Berankis enters this match having beaten Denis Kudla in the previous match. It was a dominant performance by Ričardas Berankis as he won the contest against Kudla in straight sets. During the win, Berankis served exceptionally well as he won 69% of his service points which ensured that he won 89% of his service games. It has been a really strong tournament for Ričardas Berankis as he has already beaten a top player in Daniil Medvedev. This will be another tough match for Berankis as Monfils is a very accomplished opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Gael Monfils enters this match in good touch as the Frenchman recently won the ATP Rotterdam Open. Similar to his opponent, Gael Monfils also won his previous match in straight sets. During the victory, Monfils played very well as he won 89% of his service games while breaking his opponents serve on 4 occasions. During this tournament, Gael Monfils has already beaten the number 3 seed, Marin Cilic. With that win under his belt, Monfils will enter this match with confidence.
Ričardas Berankis and Gael Monfils have played once in the past. The match was played during the 2014 season at ATP Bucharest where Gael Monfils won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Gael Monfils to win. Ričardas Berankis has had a good tournament but he is less accomplished and skilled when compared to Monfils. Gael Monfils is in good form having recently won an ATP title and I see him winning this match also.