TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open as Andrey Rublev takes on Gael Monfils in the Round of 16 on Thursday, August 19th, 2021.
Will Gael Monfils make it 501 wins in his tennis career as he is just coming off a great milestone having won his 500th match? Will Andrey Rublev build on the momentum gained in his tough comeback win against Marin Cilic? Both players are capable of winning this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Cincinnati Open. Who will it be?
Gael Monfils cruised through his Round of 32 match against the always tough and incredible mover, Alex de Minaur, in straight sets 6-3/7-5. Gael Monfils has been finding his form again and it is great to see because he has such a first half of the 2021 season. Gael Monfils knows that he is in form and he can definitely use this week as confidence to go further in tournaments. Monfils has every shot in the book in his arsenal, his game is just build on confidence. I expect him to come out here determined to give it his all, but he meets the in form Andrey Rublev here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
Andrey Rublev had to fight back from a set down against the experienced and in form Marin Cilic, beating the Croatian in 3 sets 5-7/6-3/6-1. Andrey Rublev has finally found his range on these hard courts because he has been overhitting as of recent. Andrey, when in form, is so hard to beat because he just paints the lines and moves opponents around so much that they cannot do much to return it. Rublev will be happy with his win, but he now knows he needs to ensure he gets off to a strong start right from the start in this Round of 16 match at the 2021 Cincinnati Open against the experienced Gael Monfils.
Andrey Rublev and Gael Monfils have met 1 time before, with Gael Monfils leading the head to head 1-0. They met in 2018 so the match is not really representative of where they are now. Since then, Andrey has become a consistent top 10 player and he has become so hard to beat in these conditions. On the other hand, Gael has struggled with form this year and he is finally finding some consistency. I expect an interesting match here because we don’t know how much Monfils has to offer at the moment, but even at his best, I think Andrey Rublev will just power his way through the Frenchman as he makes his way to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
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