Moselle Open 2021: Pablo Carreno Busta vs Gael Monfils Tennis Pick and Prediction

Moselle Open 2021: Pablo Carreno Busta vs Gael Monfils Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Moselle Open as Pablo Carreno Busta (2) takes on Gael Monfils in the Semi-Finals on Saturday, September 25th, 2021.

Will Pablo Carreno Busta move on? Will Gael Monfils pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have one of the great entertainers taking on a top player of the ATP Tour. Who will move on to the finals at the 2021 Moselle Open?

Gael Monfils has been playing great tennis, with an excellent win over Basilashvili, he’s looking good to take this match despite holding the lower ranking. He has a good opportunity to move on against Pablo Carreno Busta, who just barely came through against Holger Rune. His level of play was rather inconsistent as he was still recovering at the start of the year, he’s been playing really good tennis and showing old remnants of himself. I think this is a great chance for him to move on, he’ll mostly have to focus on just making his first serves in and attempting to mix in a variety of different points, including some firststrike type tennis, as well as engaging in longer rallies and using his brilliant defensive abilities to get the win. Let’s see if he can take out Carreno Busta to advance to the final at the 2021 Moselle Open.

Pablo Carreno Busta has been playing pretty solid tennis himself this week as well, but he did need 3 sets to get through Rune, of the youngest players in the men’s game at the moment. He could barely get through Rune, while Monfils dispatched Basilashvili rather swiftly. Busta will want to try and get into longer, grindy rallies with lots of heavy balls. While he does hit a pretty flat ball, he will have to change it up and not allow Monfils to be aggressive. If he doesn’t get into too many long rallies, then he could very well be upset here, still, on paper he is the favorite so I think if he’s able to execute that game plan successfully then he will move on to the final at the 2021 Astana Open.

Gael Monfils and Pablo Carreno Busta have met 5 times before, with Gael Monfils leading the head to head 3-2. It’s an interesting matchup, with Monfils winning 3 straight meetings vs. Busta in 2015-2016. They met again last year, when Monfils was merely a shadow of himself, and lost quickly, retiring early in the second set. I would say this matchup favors Monfils, who has very versatile groundstrokes, where he can hit shots with heavy topspin, or a flatter ball to be more aggressive with. While Busta hits a flatter, more consistent ball, I feel like a lot of those shots will be easy for Monfils to step into and swat away, it will certainly be interesting to see how aggressive he does play and how well he can defend from Busta, as I suspect he will also attempt to be aggressive. Still, Monfils probably has the favorable matchup here, and I think he will come out on top in a tight match. Let’s see if these two give us a thriller as they clash for a spot in the final at the 2021 Astana Open.

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