World number 15 Gael Monfils gets another chance to get his tennis back on track as he takes on South African Lloyd Harris in the first round of the 2021 Halle Open on Monday, June 14. Get the live streaming options of this Gael Monfils v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gael Monfils v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came in the first round of the 2018 Chengdu Open where Harris carved out a three-set win over Monfils.
Monfils Form Woes Continue
In a total of six tournaments that Monfils has played this season, he has won just two matches. Add the 0-4 record he had in 2020 after the pandemic break and we are looking at a player who has won just 2 of his previous 12 matches at the highest level.
What is difficult to understand is the sudden turnaround in Monfils’ fortunes.
Because just before that break for pandemic, Monfils had been in some of the best form of his life. The world number 15 had reached the fourth round at Australian Open and then won back to back titles at Montpellier and Rotterdam before marching into the last four stage in Dubai.
Monfils showed some signs of his original sparkle more recently, defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas at French Open but a four-set defeat to Mikael Ymer would hurt. He now returns to grass which has rarely been his favourite surface.
Harris Coming off Second Round in Stuttgart
After making it to the third round at Australian Open, Harris did surprise a few tennis fans with the sparkle he showed at Dubai. There, starting out as a qualifier, the South African sent out Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov to reach the final where he fell to Aslan Karatsev.
Unfortunately for Harris, he hasn’t been able to recreate the same magic after that.
Sure there have been second round appearances in Miami, Madrid and Roland-Garros but nothing beyond that.
And on his switch to clay the previous week, Harris managed an opening round win again, defeating Gilles Simon in his opener, before falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second at Stuttgart Open.
He will consider himself to have a chance against a player like Monfils who has blown more cold than hot this very erratic season.
Monfils v Harris Prediction and Tip
Harris starts out as a favourite at 4/6 and it comes as no surprise given his opponent’s lackadaisical approach to tennis these days. Expect Harris to come through here.