Monfils vs Ivashka: can the Frenchman advance to the next round?
On July 25, Gael Monfils faces Ilya Ivashka in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics. Can the French tennis player win in the upcoming match? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Monfils hasn't shown any particularly good results this season. The French tennis player has only three wins out of the 12 matches he played. We do not know what to expect from him at the Tokyo Olympics: it is doubtful that Gael will be able to demonstrate anything great at the Olympic tournament. Probably he will be out of the competition right after the opening match.
Ivashka, on the other hand, is quite good this year. The Belarusian tennis player showed great tennis on clay, reaching the quarterfinals and semifinals of the ATP series tournaments. In Barcelona, he even won a set against Rafael Nadal himself (6-3, 2-6, 4-6). In general, Ivashka did well on grass, too. The last tournament he appeared at was Wimbledon. Ilya got to the fourth round of the Major.
Monfils has played two tie-breaks in the last five matches.
Over 9.5 games were played in the first set in 4 of Ivashka's last 5 matches.
Monfils probably came to Tokyo without special expectations, since his performance this season leaves much to be desired. That definitely is not the Olympic Games level of game. Ivashka is rightfully the favourite of the upcoming match, and we are betting on his victory.
Our prediction - Ivashka to win with a handicap of (-2) games.
Prediction: Handicap (-2) to Ivashka
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Ivashka is the favorite of the match and he can get a win without too much stress. Monfils is simply weaker this season, and at the moment he does not look like a difficult opponent. We believe that the upcoming match will end in two sets.
Second prediction - total under 23 games.