Gael Monfils vs. Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 3, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kevin Anderson +345 / Gael Monfils -430 -- Over/Under:
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Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils meet Tuesday in the 2016 Madrid Open.
Kevin Anderson enters this match in bad form as he’s lost his last three singles matches and has been dealing with shoulder issues. Anderson’s last match was a loss to Austin Krajicek in Delray Beach in which he had to retire in the second set. Anderson has simply been all over the place as of late and is likely using these tournaments in hopes of regaining his strength and confidence before the French Open. However, you have to question just how healthy Anderson is at this point and if he’s capable of making up so much ground in short amount of time. Anderson is a top-10 player when healthy, but he’s clearly seen better days than his rough start in 2016.
Gael Monfils has had a terrific start to 2016 and is coming off a runner-up performance at the Monte-Carlo Masters. Monfils has now won 12 of his last 15 singles matches and has already reached two finals appearances. Monfils is hitting the ball well and looks as focused as we’ve ever seen him, as the antics are being kept to a minimum and he seems more centered on winning and climbing the rankings. Monfils is likely going to take this tournament seriously as well with his home grand slam right around the corner. Monfils has a great shot to become a top-10 player at some point this season if he can continue to play at the level he’s at and not pick up his bad habits from the past.
These two have met three times, and Monfils has won all three meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 Monte Carlo Masters, a match Monfils won in straight sets. Anderson has won just one set against Monfils in their three matches.
I really like what I see from Monfils and think he has the ability to make another strong tournament run. Anderson is a capable player when healthy, but that’s something he’s not at the moment. Monfils in his current form should be able to win this match in straight sets.