Indian Wells 2021: Gael Monfils vs. Gianluca Mager Tennis Pick and Prediction

Indian Wells 2021: Gael Monfils vs. Gianluca Mager Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Gael Monfils takes on Gianluca Mager in the Round of 64 on Sunday, October 10th, 2021.

Will Gael Monfils move on? Will Gianluca Mager pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have one of the most exciting players on tour up for a tough first test. Who will move onto the Round of 32 at the 2021 Indian Wells Open?

Gael Monfils has been playing great tennis since he started to show results this year. He just made the final of Sofia, losing out to Jannik Sinner in a close one. He has a great chance to move through here again, taking on Gianluca Mager. Mager pulled off a big win, and while Monfils looks to have the win on paper easily, it’ll be interesting to see if he can keep his head down, play his game, and get through it to build some momentum to get through. Monfils has a great, versatile game, and if he can show that he has the level here in this match, then I feel like he can make a pretty good run here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.

Gianluca Mager got a great win over Fuscovics in 3 sets. Now he has yet another tough one ahead of him in Gael Monfils. Chances of winning this one are slim, and in order to get past him, he will have to be very aggressive on the return, and keep points short. I feel like Monfils will do much better in the prolonged points, especially if Mager isn’t pushing him at all. His second serve isn’t as good as it used to be, and it can sometimes flounder, so If Mager can step in and attack that wing then I feel like he might be able to dig in to get some opportunities. Still though, chances are slim as he attempts to upset Monfils to move through to the Round of 32 at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.

Gael Monfils and Gianluca Mager have met once before, with Gael Monfils leading the head to head 1-0. Their last meeting came just a week earlier in Sofia, where Monfils took him out swiftly 6-2 6-2. With that kind of result just happening, it’s really hard to see Mager doing any damage. While he might be able to make the match closer, as Indian Wells is playing slow this year and Sofia is an indoor tournament, I don’t think he can do nearly enough to take out Monfils, and we’ll likely be seeing Gael getting a good start here in Indian Wells as he attempts to kick off his campaign here with a good win at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Gael Monfils to win in 2 sets.

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