TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Gael Monfils (13) meets Christopher O’Connell (Q) in the Round of 128 on Monday, June 28th 2021.
Will Christopher O’Connell take inspiration from Max Purcell in his ability to cause an upset against Monfils this year? Will Gael Monfils finally show us some solid tennis after having struggled with a lot of injuries and inconsistency on the ATP Tour? Both of them could win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. Who will it be?
Christopher O’Connell has gone 1-2 in his main tour matches this year on grass, and he was also able to qualify for the 2021 Wimbledon Championships by putting on good performances last week. This will give Cristopher some confidence coming into this opening round match against Gael Monfils because he has gotten accustom to the conditions. However, when you are playing against a big name in a big tournament, nerves can come into play. Can O’Connell put those aside and aim to cause yet another upset by a lower ranked opponent against Monfils this year?
Gael Monfils has not found his form at all this year, going 0-2 on grass in the last couple of weeks. Gael Monfils needs to find his game again because it is not nice to see him keep losing. Gael, when confident in his shots, free from injuries, and consistent, is so hard to beat. However, he has lost to such lower ranked opponents this year, including Max Purcell last week. Gael needs to come out here ready to make a statement at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, but he needs to prevent Christopher O’Connell from causing the early round upset first.
Gael Monfils and Christopher O’Connell have never met before, with this being their first meeting. If Monfils was at his best, I would choose him to win this match in straight sets without even batting an eyelid. However, he is not. Christopher will come into this match with some confidence, and he will come out here ready to give it his all. It will be tight, and both players will have ups and downs. At the end of the day, Christopher will get 1 set under his belt, and Gael will fight to win the other 3 and make his way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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