Moselle Open 2021: Gael Monfils vs. Nikolosz Basilashvili Tennis Pick and Prediction

Moselle Open 2021: Gael Monfils vs. Nikolosz Basilashvili Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Moselle Open as Gael Monfils (3) faces Nikolosz Basilashvili in the Quarter-Finals on Friday September 24th, 2021.

Third seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils has seemingly regained his form after a rough time over the past few seasons. The French star is one of the most dynamic players in world tennis, and has reached the Quarter-Finals without many issues. Next up for Monfils is the eighth seeded Nikolosz Basilashvili, a very difficult opponent. Can Monfils get the win here? Or will the Georgian cause the upset, advancing to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Moselle Open?

Gael Monfils is the third seed here at the 2021 Moselle Open and is currently ranked #20 on the ATP Tour. The French superstar has really struggled with form and fitness over the past few seasons, at one point struggling to string wins together. He has began to turn it around recently and has had some good results, while not yet being back at his best. As a player that relies heavily on his speed and explosiveness, as he gets older and that begins to decline he will surely struggle. The Frenchman is a huge crowd favorite, and will have the home fans behind him as he attempts to win his first tournament in three years. Monfils cruised to victory in his Round of 16 match against Philipp Kohlschreiber, displaying the flashy tennis that he has become famous for, controlling the match from start to finish and never allowing his opponent to get in any sort of rhythm. Once he continue to be fully healthy, he is considered the favorite here to win over Nikolosz Basilashvili and will be liking his chances of victory here.

Nikolosz Basilashvili is the eighth seed here at the 2021 Moselle Open and is ranked #36 on the ATP Tour. The Georgian is a former top 20 player who had a horrible year last year where he hardly won a match, but has found a bit more consistency this season. He is still not quite back to his best, but had a strong showing at the US Open where he reached the Third Round, losing to Reilly Opelka and has continued that momentum into this event. After a comfortable straight sets win over Gianluca Mager in the First Round, he won a very up and down match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in three sets. After being crushed 6-0 in the first set he recovered well to claim the next two, playing some very controlled and aggressive tennis. His groundstrokes are among the biggest on the ATP Tour, and when they are clicking they can be very difficult to handle. His opponent Gael Monfils is one of the most experienced players around, and is an elite mover and defender, so Basilashvili could be in for a very tough day at the office here.

Somewhat surprisingly this is only the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with the Frenchman winning their only previous match on clay in 2018. While that was a completely different surface, I am expecting a similar result. After a rough past two years where his confidence took a battering, Monfils is really enjoying his tennis again and is playing extremely well at the moment. Once healthy and confident he is still one of the very best players in the world and should have just enough quality to defeat Nikolosz Basilashvili here in a tough matchup. If things are clicking for the Georgian he has the ability to win here as he has the power to blow anyone off the court, but it is unlikely that he will be able to sustain that over three sets, especially against someone with Monfils’ speed and experience. I am expecting a very close match, possibly three sets, but Gael Monfils will win here, advancing to his first Semi-Final of the year here at the 2021 Moselle Open.

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