Monday’s central match at the ATP Cup will be a duel between the second racket of the world, Novak Djokovic, and the 10th ATP ranking number, Gael Monfils. Future rivals are well acquainted with each other, played on the tour more than a dozen times and the Frenchman never once !!! could not defeat the Serb. Humiliating statistics for Gael, which would be nice to dilute with at least one Victoria.
At the end of December 2019, Novak Djokovic played two exhibition matches in Abu Dhabi. First, Novak lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas with a score of 1: 2, and after that, he defeated Khachanov 2-0. In Australia, the Serbian national team played one match match against South Africa, the Balkans beat the representatives of the Black Continent with a score of 3: 0. In the battle of the first rackets, Novak Djokovic with great difficulty, thanks to victories in two tie-breaks, defeated Kevin Anderson. During that fight, Djokovic filed 10 times with one double mistake, won 78% of points on the first serve with 74% of hits. More than worthy statistics, even for the second racket of the world. There is no doubt, but Djokovic is in good shape.
Recall that Djokovic held the last stage of the Davis Cup-2019 at a high level, having achieved three victories in three games over Nishioka, Peer and Khachanov. The same cannot be said about Monfisa, at the same stage of the Davis Cup Gael lost to zero Nishioke. In mid-December, Monfils held two fights at an exhibition tournament in Saudi Arabia, where he turned out to be stronger than Wavrinka 2-0, but lost to Fognini 0-2. In Australia, the Frenchman beat Garin in an hour and 21 minutes with a score of 6: 3, 7: 5. The French ended up being stronger than the Chileans with a score of 2: 1. And the point won by Monfils, in fact, became decisive. Gael played a quality match, however, Garin and Djokovic can hardly be compared. Chilean is a promising tennis player, but nothing more, while Novak is a world top.
Statistics and personal meetings
Djokovic and Monfils held 17 personal meetings and the Serbian tennis player won all the matches. Including, two fights were held at the Paris Masters, which, as you know, takes place in the hall. In Paris, rivals met in 2009 and 2014. In 2009, Djokovic won 2-1, in 2014, two games were enough for the Serb.
Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils Prediction
“Having” statistics of personal meetings between Djokovic and Monfils, it is difficult to bet on the Frenchman. Moreover, knowing how Novak has recently played for the national team. Monfils is the “client” of Djokovic, and, unfortunately, nothing can be done about it. We put on the confident victory of the Balkan over Gael.