Second seed David Goffin makes his fourth straight appearance in the southern city of France. He plays local favorite Benjamin Bonzi in the second round of the 2021 ATP Montpellier Open on Wednesday, February 24, with the match likely to begin at around 7 pm local time. Get the live streaming options of this David Goffin v Benjamin Bonzi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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David Goffin v Benjamin Bonzi Head to Head
Goffin, the world no.15, has never played Benjamin Bonzi before this.
Goffin Makes Fourth Straight Appearance in Montpellier
After making a promising start to his 2021 campaign, David Goffin made a swift early exit in Melbourne at the hands of Alexei Popyrin. The nature of the defeat itself will sting for quite some time, even though he has had two weeks to dampen that disappointment.
Goffin, a former quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, held four match points in the match. But in front of a vociferous home crowd, the Australian youngster condemned the Belgian to his earliest exit Down Under in over seven years.
The 30-year-old is now staring at a possibility of third straight loss, which would be quite a turnaround. Goffin, as we may remember, made the semifinals of the Antalya Open last month to kick-start his season under the tutelage of new coach Germain Gigounon.
Twice a semifinalist in Montpellier, the world no.15 returns to southern France with a point to prove. Goffin admits, the technique is there, but it is motivation he is seeking. Goffin lacked any of it towards the end of last year where he lost four straight matches.
After getting a BYE in the first round, can the Belgian return to winning ways in what looks to be a dangerous opener for him?
Bonzi Beats Compatriot Pouille
Benjamin Bonzi got the better of fellow countryman Lucas Pouille in the first round. It was Pouille’s first tour-level match in nearly 18 months, after a debilitating elbow injury forced him out of action. Pouille’s big fall from grace has coincided with Bonzi’s rise.
Bonzi’s firepower off the ground and his ability to carve out the impossible shot from the baseline saw him dominate proceedings. He saved five of six break points, and won an impressive 82% of first serve points.
There are not many people who are accustomed to the name Benjamin Bonzi on tour. That is right. At a career-high ranking of world no.125 and just a limited number of appearances on the senior tour, his name does not ring a bell to the occasional tennis watcher.
Bonzi has made a career out of the little yellow ball on the Challenger and ITF circuit, where he has played over 400 matches in his professional career.
But it was this year where he has showcased glimpses of his talent, by winning his maiden ATP Challenger title in Potchefstroom in South Africa. He currently owns a 15-5 record for the season, having also made the finals at the Istanbul Challenger last month.
Goffin v Bonzi Prediction and Tip
Goffins possesses a decent record indoors, but he is desperate to win after his Australian Open shocker. Earlier this year he confessed on his inability to motivate himself. This could play right into Bonzi’s hands. The Frenchman is in the form of his life, we are backing him to at least take a set here.
Tip: Bonzi to win a set – Yes: 4/5 (bet365)