2020 Australian Open – Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic on and what time does it start? Thursday 23rd January, 2020 – 01:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic? Light rain, 19c

What channel is Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Gael Monfils vs Ivo Karlovic? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Gael Monfils and Ivo Karlovic? Gael Monfils beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

GAEL MONFILS

  • Gael Monfils produced a workmanlike performance in his opening round match in Melbourne as he defeated Yen-Hsun Lu in straights sets to secure his spot in the second round.
  • The 10th seed will be looking to put his poor recent performances at this event behind him as he bids to make the third round for the first time since 2017 having been eliminated at this stage in the last two years.
  • The Frenchman has never had the best of success at this tournament with a solitary quarter-final appearance in 2016 his best showing to date but he will have high hopes of making a deep run this time around.

IVO KARLOVIC

  • Veteran Ivo Karlovic produced a solid display to overcome Vasek Pospisil in the first round of the Australian Open but he will need to roll back the years if he is to progress to the third round as he faces Gael Monfils.
  • The Croatian was a straight-sets winner against Pospisil but he was made to hard work for his win and in a game where he will be asked even more questions than the Canadian managed, Karlovic is likely to find it hard going.
  • Karlovic has beaten Monfils twice in his career but the last time that he came out on top was back in 2009 and the Frenchman has prevailed in the three meetings that followed that contest.

THE PREDICTION

Gael Monfils has never really translated his quality on hard courts to the Australian Open and will be desperate to fix that this time around. He showed some good signs in his first-round contest and will look to build on that as he plays Ivo Karlovic. The Frenchman will look to work the 40-year-old around the court and should he manage to do that successfully, a spot in the third round will await the 10th seed for the first time in three years.

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