France’s Gael Monfils looks to return to winning ways when he plays local hopeful Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Monday, May 9. Get the live streaming options of this Gael Monfils v Lorenzo Sonego match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gael Monfils v Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
Monfils leads the head-to-head 1-0, winning the pair’s only meeting in the first round of the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
Monfils is 0-7 at Tour Level
Since beating Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships last February, Gael Monfils’ results have gone into a tailspin. None of this could have been predicted when he squandered multiple match points against Djokovic – the scene of where this awful form stemmed from.
The Frenchman lost in the opening match in each of his last four tournaments to close out 2020, which had begun brightly before COVID-19 struck.
The new season has been a rollercoaster, to say the least. Monfils has played at two tournaments and in two matches -both early exits which extended his losing run to seven matches. He was reduced to tears in the aftermath of his first-round defeat at the Australian Open, took a relationship hiatus and a break from tennis.
He has since resumed his love affair with his girlfriend Elina Svitolina (now his fiancee, the pair now engaged), and returns to action for the first time in three months.
Sonego’s Love Affair At Home Continues
There is a mystique that seems to bring the best out of Lorenzo Sonego when playing on home soil. A second career ATP title was destined to be won in Italy, and so it happened.
Sonego captured the Sardinia Open last month, beating defending champion Laslo Djere in the final to end Italy’s wait for a home champion. The last Italian man to win an ATP title on home soil was Filippo Volandri in 2006.
But Rome has never been kind to him, from tough draws to unfortunate injuries. Perhaps this was expected for a man from Torino, given how the two football teams from the two cities have never quite seen eye to eye.
Sonego withdrew from the Madrid Masters due to a finger injury after an accidental bump on the door at his house. The news is that he is fine and should be fit to play.
Monfils v Sonego Prediction and Tip
In recent months and weeks, we have seen two long, losing streaks come to an end with the likes of Basilashvili and Benoit Paire pick up wins. Sonego starts as a massive favorite, but his finger injury could a major concern given that he was forced to miss Munich a week ago.