World No. 80, Thiago Monteiro of Brazil, will take on Steve Johnson of the USA, ranekd 88th in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 2. Get the live streaming options of this Thiago Monteiro v Steve Johnson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Thiago Monteiro v Steve Johnson Head to Head
The pair have met never before. This will be the first match between the 26 year old Brazilian, and the American, who is five years older.
Monteiro Won an All-South American Match
Monteiro’s performance in reaching the third round In Paris was his best result in a Grand Slam to date, and he will be hopeful that he can emulate that achievement after a convincing first round win over Francisco Cerundulo, the man who was a surprise finalist in Buenos Aires earlier this year after coming through qualifying.
In the end it proved to be a relatively comfortable victory for Monteiro.
He began well, breaking the Argentine in his opening service game, Although Cerundulo briefly got it back on serve, Monteiro broke him again next game, converting his fifth break point, and duly served out.
An early break at the start of the second set proved to be decisive and the Brazilian consolidated that to strengthen his grip on proceedings.
Monteiro served two break points on his own serve at the start of the third set and then broke Cerundulo next game,
The Argentine served to stay in the match but could not manage it, and Monteiro claimed victory just after the two hour on court mark.
Johnson Stages First Round Comeback
Although primarily known as a hard court player, this is now the fifth time that Johnson has made the second round in Paris at least.
And he did so after coming from two sets down to beat compatriot Frances Tiafoe, the world 74.
The first set was largely dominated by serve, apart from a service break apiece in the middle. Tiafoe was the first to drop his serve in the tie-break, but, in the end, he proved the more durable, and he claimed the first set.
Both men began the second set erratically, and five oi the first six games went against serve. Tiafoe though held one game in the middle of that sequence, and he was able to build on that to claim the set as well.
Serve dominated in the early part of the third set, but, this time, it was Tiafoe who cracked first and dropped his serve.
He fought back with a break of his own, but then Johnson broke him once more, to pull a set back.
By now the momentum was with Johnson, especially after he broke Tiafoe once more at the start of the fourth set. One more break saw him level proceedings.
There was only one winner from there. Two more breaks gave Johnson complete control of the fifth set, and although Tiafoe bravely saved four match points, Johnson would not be denied and converted the fifth
Monteiro v Johnson Prediction and Tip
Monteiro, as a natural clay court player, will be the favourite to take this match, against the American better known as for his exploits on harder faster, surfaces,