TennisSection previews the 2023 Indian Wells Masters as Gael Monfils takes on Jordan Thompson in the first round on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Gael Monfils is returning to action for the first time in over six months. And the Frenchman faces a tricky opposition in Jordan Thompson, who has a penchant for these conditions. Will ‘La Monf’ prevail and book his spot in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters?
Gael Monfils vs. Jordan Thompson Match Preview
Gael Monfils’ much-anticipated return to action will take center stage on the opening day of the 2023 Indian Wells Masters. Monfils has not played a competitive match since August of last year when he retired in the Round of 16 in Montreal against British lefty Jack Draper due to a foot injury. And at 36, he did not rush his comeback this time. And instead, focused on getting adequate treatment and match practice. He will face a tricky customer in Jordan Thompson when the two square off on Wednesday.
Jordan Thompson, meanwhile, arrives at the 2023 Indian Wells in a decent spell of excellent form on American soil. Thompson won an ATP Challenger title at the end of February, and not dropping a set all week. Even in his six defeats this season, the Aussie has impressed, often dominating on serve, and is a solid baseliner. With Gael Monfils coming off an injury-riddled 2022 season, Thompson could fancy his chances.
Gael Monfils vs. Jordan Thompson Prediction and Pick
Gael Monfils and Jordan Thompson have not played each other on the ATP Tour. They will clash for the first time in the head-to-head at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters. Monfils is very much an unknown quantity here, having not played since August. Thompson, for his part, has stormed to win the Rome Challenger on indoor hard courts at the end of February. The Aussie looks like the cogent choice to win this battle.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Jordan Thompson in 3 sets
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