Veteran Gael Monfils is hoping for a deeper run in Melbourne but will have a tough time against rising star Alexander Bublik when these two met at Margaret Court in Melbourne on January 18, 2022.
- Gael Monfils and Alexander Bublik
- Tennis – Australian Open, Second round
- Date – 18/1/2022
- Starting time – Second match from 3 AM ET
- Venue: Margaret Court, Melbourne, Australia
Gael Monfils Stats & Form
Gael Monfils has started 2022 with a 5-1 record and is entering the Australian Open hoping to reach the second week. Monfils didn’t play much in 2021 finishing the year with an 18-17 record including 8-7 on hard surface.
The 35-year-old is currently 20th on the ATP ranking with No. 6 being his career-high.
The Frenchman won the first tournament of the year in Adelaide without dropping a single set in four matches against Juan Manuel Cerundolo, Tommy Paul, Thanasis Kokkinakis and Karen Khachanov in the final.
Monfils started with first round 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over Federico Coria in Melbourne. Monfils won high 81% of the points on his first serve converting 6 of 10 break points and saving all six of Coria’s.
Gael Monfils News
Monfils has been regular at the Australian Open since 2005. His best result came in 2016 when he lost in the quarterfinals to Milos Raonic.
Alexander Bublik Stats & Form
Alexander Bublik is expected to have the best season of his career and the match against Gael Monfils might be the real boost in that direction.
The Kazakh finished 2021 with a 35-30 record and 14-12 on hard surface. He won three challenger level tournaments and made it to the quarterfinals on Masters Tournaments in Miami and Madrid. Bublik finished the season ranked at No. 37.
The 24-year-old started the year losing to Aleksandar Vukic 7-6, 6-2 at the Adelaide challenger.
He was much better in the first round of the Australian Open defeating Ernesto Escobedo 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 38 minutes. He won an amazing 86% of the points on his first serve converting 4 of 11 break points.
Alexander Bublik News
If Alexander Bublik defeats Gael Monfils that will be his best result at the Australian Open. He has reached the second round twice before in 2017 and in 2021.
Gael Monfils and Alexander Bublik Head-to-Head Stats
Monfils and Bublik have met once before and that was at the 2020 French Open. Bublik surprisingly won 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round.
Gael Monfils and Alexander Bublik Betting Odds
Gael Monfils is going into the match as a huge favorite with -500 odds to win while Bublik is at 350.
The total games margin is 35.5 with both ways at -111.
Both players have great serves and that will be the key factor placing this bet. Monfils is 11 years older than Bublik and still is the better player but not as much as the odds say. Bublik will be a decent opponent with realistic chances to make an upset. Monfils is known that he doesn’t play a whole match on the same level and will definitely drop at least a set against Bublik. Taking all of this into consideration, placing a bet on over 35.5 games is a great deal.
- Tip Quote (Monfils win): -500 by bet365
- Tip Quote (Bublik win): -350 by bet365
- Expert betting tip: Over 35.5 games (-111 by bet365)