October 13, 2021 12:57 PM
Adam Evans

2021 Indian Wells Masters Round of 16 – Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev will take place on Thursday 14th October, 2021 – not before 03:15 (UK)

Where is Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev taking place? Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev will take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California, USA

What surface is Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev being played on? Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev will take place on an outdoor hard court

Where can I get tickets for Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev

What channel is Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev on? Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev will be televised on the Amazon Prime Video app on smart TVs

Where can I stream Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream Gael Monfils vs Alexander Zverev live via their platform. Subscribers of Tennis TV can also stream the match live

THE LOWDOWN

World number four Alexander Zverev beat former world number one Andy Murray for the first time on Tuesday to complete the ‘Big Four’ set. The 24-year-old was exceptional in places in a high-quality encounter but there were more lapses in concentration, and more mistakes, than we have seen from the German for some time after some of the best form of his career. Since his loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, Zverev has lost just one match from his last 19 with wins across the Cincinnati Open, the Laver Cup as part of Team Europe and a Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. A close semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic at the US Open, in five sets, was that solitary defeat.

World number 18 Gael Monfils overcame former world number five Kevin Anderson in style later that day with an assured and occasionally sparkling straight-sets performance. The Frenchman’s form has improved significantly alongside the return of full crowds to the tour and especially since the start of the North American hardcourt swing on which he is at his best. The 35-year-old finished runner-up to Jannik Sinner at the Sofia Open last week in his first final since winning his 10th ATP title at the Rotterdam Open just before the pandemic. The last five players to beat him are ranked inside the top 25 and that is vastly encouraging after dismal pandemic form.

THE PREDICTION

The slower conditions at Indian Wells should favour Gael Monfils’ showmanship in what looks set to be an exciting match but he will need a lot more than his notorious trick shots to get past Alexander Zverev. The German is, aside from Daniil Medvedev, possibly the most in-form tennis player in the world right now and his victory over a resurgent Andy Murray will supply him with the confidence to go much deeper here. Monfils has beaten Zverev in all three of their previous meetings but they have not played since 2016. Back then and at the peak of his powers, Monfils will have been able to make more of the then raw-talent teenagers’ mistakes than most on tour, but Zverev has tightened up his game significantly this year and that should change. Zverev can win this in straight sets to beat another icon of the modern game for a first time.

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