Top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is seeking an unprecedented 18th straight win over Gael Monfils when the pair clash in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Paris Masters on Thursday, November 4. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Gael Monfils match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Gael Monfils Head to Head
It is such a mysterious head-to-head record that Djokovic has over Monfils. He has beaten him 17 successive times including that epic in Dubai last season where the Serb saved three match points.
Djokovic Withstands Inspired Fucsovics
Novak Djokovic’s first match in nearly two months was certainly expected to be an eventful one. The Serbian star needed three sets to outgun the spirited Marton Fucsovics 6-2 4-6 6-3 in two hours.
Djokovic, a winner of the Paris Masters a record five times, made an emphatic start when he broke Fucsovics to take an early 3-0 lead. It appeared as almost he never went away, bagging the first set without facing a single break point.
But Fucsovics aimed for precise groundstrokes, and raised his level in the second set. This was just the kind of response required to outsmart Djokovic from the baseline. He cut down his unforced-error count from double digits and went for clean winners. The Hungarian won the second set against the run of play.
In the third set, the pair traded breaks. But Djokovic recovered from his mid-match blip and took control of the match by nudging ahead 5-2. He would go on to serve for a place in the Round of 16. The 34-year-old Djokovic improves to 46-6 for the year and remains well-placed to clinch a record-breaking 7th year-end No.1 ranking.
Monfils Takes Care Of Mannarino
Gael Monfils was made to work for his second-round victory. He produced a comeback from a set down to win 2-6 7-6 6-2 – his second successive three-set win at the Paris Masters.
The World No. 22 had no answer to Adrian Mannarino’s astute baseline game in the first set in which he was broken twice and won just five return points.
There was a better response in the second set where Monfils managed to steady himself to stamp his authority. He broke Mannarino’s impregnable serve for the first time, but couldn’t consolidate as he was broken right away. Eventually it went into a tiebreak and Monfils clinched in a tense tussle 7-4.
The third set was one-way traffic. Monfils had grown in confidence and was the more proactive player. He broke his compatriot three times from five games.
Monfils finished it off with his ninth ace in the match to advance into the Round of 16. It is pertinent to note that Monfils is a two-time finalist in Bercy and finished runner-up to Djokovic in the 2009 final – one the most memorable matches at the event.
Djokovic v Monfils Prediction and Tip
Monfils is yet to overcome Djokovic in 17 meetings. That includes two losses on this court, in 2009 and 2014 respectively. This is such a bad matchup for the Frenchman regardless of Djokovic’s match fitness levels. We are backing the World No. 1 to inch ever closer to clinch his 7th year-end no. 1 ranking.