2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem leads Austria’s charge against French number one Gael Monfils in the ATP Cup on Day 3 of the tournament. The match is scheduled for Friday, February 5, and the exact time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v Gael Monfils match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v Gael Monfils Head to Head
This will be the seventh meeting between the two players, with Theim leading the head-t0-head 6-0. Ironically, in addition, there have also been three scheduled meetings between these players where Monfils has given Thiem a walkover.
Their last two meetings have been at majors, the 2020 Australian Open and the 2019 French Open, both which Thiem won in straight sets.
Thiem Hoping To Revive Form
The shortened 2020 season was a positive one for Dominic Thiem who won his first Grand Slam at the US Open, was a finalist at the Australian Open and the ATP Tour Finals in London, as well as ended the year on all time career high ranking of number three in the world.
As 2021 promises more tennis than 2020, Thiem comes in with belief and confidence looking to add to his major tally as well as move up further in the world rankings.
Austria opened their ATP Cup against Italy and after a convincing win by Dennis Novak against Fabio Fognini, Thiem was up against Matteo Berrettini. After a disappointing 2020, where the Italian was injury stricken and played just about ten singles matches, Berrettini was looking to start 2021 on a strong footing and so he did.
The Italian was in solid form, striking the ball cleanly and hitting his forehand with immense power, reminding one of the strokeplay seen from Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.
Berrettini broke Thiem twice in each set and despite a comeback by Thiem late in the second set, the Italian prevailed in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 looking in excellent touch.
With Austria now out of the ATP Cup after Italy defeated France earlier today, Thiem will be looking for a strong showing in the Austria-France encounter getting himself confident and in form ahead of the Australian Open next week.
Monfils Hoping For Turnaround
Frenchman Gael Monfils has had strong starts to his season over the last two years with second week appearances at the Australian Open and titles at Rotterdam and good runs during the February indoor season.
Coming into the ATP Cup, Monfils was hoping to not only get France out of a difficult group with Italy and Austria, but also some much needed confidence and form for himself ahead of next week’s first Grand Slam of the year.
After Fabio Fognini made fairly quick work of Benoit Paire, Monfils was up against Berrettini and looked in control of things going up 4-1 in the first set. But, the Italian looked to have picked up his form from where he left off against Thiem the day before, and came back strong winning five games in a row for a 6-4 first set win.
Berrettini continued the strong groundstrokes into the second set breaking the Frenchman twice and ensuring in turn that Italy progressed to the final four, eliminating France.
Like Thiem, Monfils will also now be looking to win the dead rubber and get a much needed revival of form and confidence ahead of next week.
Thiem v Monfils Prediction and Tip
Neither Thiem nor Monfils looked in impressive form in their openers against Berrettini here at the ATP Cup, but they were both perhaps a little taken aback by the form of the Italian. Although both Austria and France are now essentially out of the ATP Cup, this will be an important match for both players as they look to hit form ahead of next week’s Australian Open.
An exciting clash awaits; expect Thiem to prevail and get back into form in two close sets.
Tip: Thiem to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)