No. 14 seed Gael Monfils will play Mikael Ymer in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 3. Get the live streaming options of this Gael Monfils v Mikael Ymer match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gael Monfils v Mikael Ymer Head to Head
The two have never met previously on the tour.
Monfils Scores a Stunning Come-from-behind Win
Outplayed in the first set, Gael Monfils made a remarkable recovery and, despite running completely out of gas in the fourth set, held on for a stunning four-set win over Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas in the first round on Tuesday.
Egged on by a vociferous French crowd, the 14th seed struck 12 aces and hit 60 winners for a 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4 victory.
The three-hour contest saw 264 points in the match with Monfils winning four less than his opponent. Both players had five breaks in the match, but Monfils got them at crucial points in the third and the fourth sets.
Although the former World No. 6 had 32 more winners than Ramos-Vinolas, he made 75 unforced errors in the match to the Spaniard’s 42.
This was only the second win for Monfils this year, who had come to the Paris major with a 1-5 record. His only win of 2021 had come against Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild in Lyon. That win had ended a months-long losing streak for the Frenchman, who had not won since winning the quarterfinals in Dubai in 2020.
The 34-year-old Frenchman has featured in 31 ATP finals and has clinched 10 titles on the tour.
Ymer Edges Past Carballes Baena
Facing Monfils in the next round will be Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, who won a thrilling five-setter against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round on Tuesday.
Having lost the first rounds in Lyon and Parma, the 105th-ranked Ymer got his first main draw win on clay this year as he battled past the World No. 95 for a 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-4 6-2 victory.
Ymer converted 11 of 15 break points, while saving 16 of 26 to win the three hour and 36 minute contest. The Swede had 45 winners and 66 unforced errors to Carballes Baena’s 29 winners and 48 unforced errors in the match.
The 22-year-old had come to Roland Garros with a 4-6 record. Two of those wins came at the Australian Open and the other two in Miami as he reached the third rounds of both the tournaments.
Ymer had started with a five-set win in Melbourne as well, where he upset Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the first round and then defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the next before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round.
In Miami, Ymer had won his first two rounds against Alejandro Tabillo and Nikoloz Basilashvili before losing to Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.
Gael Monfils v Mikael Ymer Prediction and Tip
There were questions about Monfils’ fitness in the first round as he looked completely drained by the fourth set. It will be interesting to see how quickly he recovers for the next round and will he be up for another gruelling battle.
Going by overall records, he will be the favourite to advance but Ymer can definitely push him and test his fitness in the next round.