Alexander Zverev vs Gael Monfils
October 13, 2021 10:15 pm EDT
Second seed Alexander Zverev will play Gael Monfils in the Round of 16 at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday October 13th, 2021.
Who will win this highly anticipated match? Alexander Zverev has been having a fantastic season and as the number two seed is one of the biggest contenders to win the title here at the BNP Paribas Open. Gael Monfils is a big crowd favorite and the fans will be backing him all the way. Can he knock the German out here?
Alexander Zverev is one of the most consistent players on Tour and that has been on full display this year, but he has not won as many titles as he would have liked. He will have been disappointed to not repeat his run to the Final of the 2020 US Open and will be out to win it all here at the BNP Paribas Open, where is is one of the favorites along with Daniil Medvedev. He had a thrilling battle with Andy Murray in the Third around and seems to be fully locked in here. Gael Monfils is a very unpredictable and experienced opponent who is not expected to win here, but if Zverev is not at his best then he will be ready to take advantage with his very dynamic game, especially since he seems to be back at his best now.
Gael Monfils is a French veteran who is approaching the end of a very long and successful career. He struggled a lot last year and at the start of 2021, so many feared that his career was over. He has since rediscovered his form and joy for the game, with some good results lately and it seems like he is here to stay. Two solid straight sets wins over Kevin Anderson and Gianluca Mager will have given him a lot of confidence, and he will feed off the energy from the crowd. It will be difficult for him here but he lives for moments like this and will make it very interesting.
This will definitely be an entertaining match, as it always is when Gael Monfils is involved. He has every shot in the book and is a born entertainer, so regardless of the outcome he will put on a show for the crowd here. He has a lot of firepower, and can hang with Zverev for a while, but it is unlikely that he can sustain it for long enough to win. I think that the first set will be very competitive but then the German will take over, winning this match in straight sets and moving on to the Quarter-Finals at the BNP Paribas Open.