Gael Monfils v Kevin Anderson Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Indian Wells Open 2021: Weight of History Favours Monfils

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World No. 15, and number fourteen seed, Gael Monfils of France, will take on Kevin Anderson of South Africa, the world number 69, in the third  round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Tuesday, October 12. Get the live streaming options of this Gael Monfils v Kevin Anderson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Gael Monfils v Kevin Anderson Head to Head

The pair have played each other six times before, and Monfils leads their head-to-head record by five matches to one, although it has been three years since their last meeting at Wimbledon in 2018, when Anderson recorded his solitary victory.

Three of Monfils’ previous victories had occurred in Masters’ series events.

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Monfils in Good Recent Form

Monfils himself has a decent record in this tournament, having twice been a quarter-finalist here, including the last time it was held in 2019.

And, having recently made the semi-finals of the Moselle Open, and the final in Sofia, he arrived in California in decent form.

Handed a first round bye because of his seeding, he was given a second round tie against the Italian clay court specialist Gianluca Mager, the world number 73.

The first set was all down to serve, with both men holding with ease until the tenth game. That was when the Italian, serving to stay in the set, offered up a solitary break point, which Monfils gratefully converted.

The second set was altogether scrappier from both men. Midway through it, Sonego was broken, but he immediately broke back to level again, only to drop his serve once more, And them , serving to remain in the match, the Italian was broken for the final time.

Three-Time California Quarter-Finalist Anderson

Anderson has three times previously been a quarter-finalist in Indian Wells, but that was before all the injury problems which have plagued the later stages of his career.

However, after winning his first trophy since 2019 at the Hall of fame Open in Newport, he has been showing signs of a recovery, and he has made it through to the third round in California without dropping a set so far.

He began by beating Jordan Thompson of Australia, the world number 76, on Friday, in a match that featured a tight first set, before the South African was able to pull away in the second.

Sunday’s encounter with Lorenzo Sonego of Italy, the number 17 seed, was a much closer affair.

Anderson began well, breaking Sonego in his opening service game, but a sequence of three games against serve in the middle of the set, meant that they were al square again. Anderson had two set points on the Italian’s serve, could not take either of them, and a tie-break was eventually required to separate them.

Sonego as the first to falter and Anderson had three more set points but was unable to convert them. The pendulum then swung the other way, and the Italian then had a set point, but he could not take it either. Anderson though finally got the job done.

The second set became a service duel until Sonego created two set points, but, again, was unable to convert them, meaning another tie-break was needed.

There were few of the dramas of the first-tie-break, and, although the Italian saved two match points, Anderson was able to make the third count.

Monfils v Anderson Prediction and Tip

The weight of history is against Anderson going into this match, although he could point to the fact that he won the last match against the Frenchman and his previous defeats were in the dim and distant past.

However, Monfils has discovered some good late season form, and he will be favoured to keep that run going against the South African.

Tip: Monfils to win: 4/9  (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Indian Wells Open will be played from October 6 to October 17. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

About Andy Dalziel 1267 Articles
Andy is English but a long time resident of Cyprus. When not writing about tennis and other sports, he is also a Chartered Accountant. In his spare moments, he spends more time than is healthy worrying about his beloved Arsenal.

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