Australian Open 2022: Gael Monfils vs. Cristian Garin Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Gael Monfils vs. Cristian Garin Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Gael Monfils takes on Cristian Garin in the third round on Friday, January 21st, 2022.

Will Gael Monfils reach the second week of the Australian Open? Or will Chilean clay-court specialist Cristian Garin achieve his own milestone on Friday? With the kind of form the Frenchman is in, it is hard to bet against him.

Gael Monfils is cruising at the speed of knots at the 2022 Australian Open. The French powerhouse demolished Alexander Bublik 6-1 6-0 6-4 to reach the third round, and simultaneously extending his winning record this year to an impressive 6-1. Monfils smacked 11 aces and broke Bublik six times. This was also his second match in succession that he did not drop serve, and nullified all four break points the Kazakh manufactured. Monfils has seen off some of the best competition on hard courts this season and he is likely to upend Cristian Garin.

Cristian Garin, meanwhile, booked his spot in the third round of the Australian Open after defeating fellow clay-courter Pedro Martinez in five sets. It is a second five-setter that the Spaniard has been involved in after also beating Facundo Bagnis in the opening round. He improves his record at Melbourne Park to 3-2, having never reached this stage before this year. Known for his clay-court expertise, Garin has always struggled to transition to hard courts. But every now and then, he has posted some major wins outside his forte. Can the Chilean shock Gael Monfils on Friday?

Gael Monfils leads Cristian 1-0 in their head-to-head. Incidentally, that match was played on Australian soil at the 2020 ATP Cup in a singles rubber between France and Chile. It is crazy to imagine at this time last year, Monfils broke down in tears after being dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round. The 35-year-old is a rejuvenated man and is now looking at the prospect of reaching the second week of the year’s first Grand Slam. 

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Gael Monfils in straight sets.

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