Resurgent Frenchman Gael Monfils will play Federico Coria in the first round of the 2021 US Open on Tuesday, August 31. Get the live streaming options of this A v B match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gael Monfils v Federico Coria Head to Head
Monfils and Coria have not played each other before this.
Monfils Looks To Turn Season Around
Gael Monfils is in salvage mode as he attempts to turn his 2021 season around. Monfils endured a turbulent time on tour since the resumption of tennis last August.
Having ended 2020 on a five-match losing streak, things got even worse for the former World No. 6 who began his 2021 campaign with three successive defeats. He broke down in tears at this year’s Australian Open when he lost in a five-set first-round match against Emil Ruusuvuori.
Monfils earned an emotional win on home soil when he beat Seyboth Wild in Lyon, but he was unable to foster a winning streak after that.
While the Frenchman has done enough to retain a top-20 ranking, his form has improved marginally during the course of the season. He reached his first quarterfinal of the season in Toronto, picking up wins over the likes of John Millman and Frances Tiafoe.
Coria Unimpressive On Hard Courts
Federico, who is the younger brother of former World No. 3 and 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria, reached his first ATP tour final in Bastad last month. And despite losing in straight sets to Casper Ruud, he attained a career-high ranking of World No. 61.
Coria has featured predominantly on clay courts, which is not a major surprise. Each of his titles (Challengers and Futures) has been won on the surface, with his biggest title to date coming at the Prostejov Challenger in June.
The Argentine represented his country at the Olympic Games but did not make an impact as he went down to Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets.
Coria’s poor hard court record is well documented. He has won two matches all year and lost five times including at the hardcourt slam in Australia earlier this year.
Monfils v Coria Prediction and Tip
Monfils has enjoyed some sort of resurgence in recent weeks and has a very cushy opener at least on paper. We expect the Frenchman to put Coria’s mediocre record on hard courts up in the full lights.