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Gael Monfils v Pedro Martinez Head to Head
The two have never met before at any level.
Monfils Edges Past O’Connell
No. 13 seed Gael Monfils of France edged past Australia’s Christopher O’Connell in the first round on Wednesday.
The match began on Monday, but due to weather delays, finally got over on Wednesday with Monfils winning the three-hour-and-25-minute contest 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.
Monfils struck 14 aces and 41 winners to the Australian’s two aces and 51 winners. He however made just 38 unforced errors to O’Connell’s 51.
The 34-year-old Frenchman has not been in the best of forms this year, coming into the tournament with a 2-8 record. His two wins came against Thiago Seyboth Wild in Lyon and Albert Ramos-Vinolas at Roland Garros.
The World No. 17 who reached a career-high ranking of 6 in 2016 has reached the fourth round of Wimbledon only once, in 2018. He has featured in at least one quarterfinal in all the other majors.
Martinez Wins on Debut
Spain’s Pedro Martinez ousted Italy’s Stefano Travaglia in the opening round on Monday
Playing in the main draw for the first time ever at Wimbledon, Martinez needed two hours and 43 minutes to beat the Italian 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The 107th-ranked Martinez converted six of 16 break points and saved six of 11. He also hit just three aces and 26 winners compared to his opponent’s 13 aces and 59 winners. But when it came to unforced errors, Martinez made just 18 of them compared to Travaglia’s 44.
Overall Martinez won a total of 122 points, seven more than Travaglia, to keep the Italian winless from three Wimbledon appearances.
Martinez, who reached a career-high ranking of 82 last year, improved to 6-9 this year, with his best performance coming at the Australian Open, where he won two matches to reach the third round for a second time at a major, having achieved the feat at the French Open last year.
A clay court specialist Martinez has two Challenger and eight Futures titles. Monday’s match was his first-ever on grass at the pro level and he will now be looking to build on that start.
Monfils v Martinez Prediction and Tip
Monfils hasn’t been in great form this year, but he will still be the favourite to advance. Matinez is a clay court player and has very little experience on grass compared to the Frenchman.