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The former Citi Open champion, Gael Monfils has only three wins for the season and will try to get back in shape for the US Open. His next opponent in Washington DC is Alexander Bublik.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Gael Monfils vs Alexander Bublik – Match Predictions
Bublik is having a solid season and is a slight favorite in this match despite Monfils dominating him the last time they played.
Alexander Bublik to win
There is no doubt that Monfils is far from a competitive shape even though he won the opening round match. The Frenchman has played only 11 matches so far in the season and never won more than one in a tournament. That will be the case this time around as well as Bublik will go through. The player from Kazakhstan is having a solid season which he showed with a recent title in Halle.
First set over 9.5 games
The only way Monfils can be competitive in this match if he starts strong and hold his serve in the opener. Monfils, just like Bublik, has an excellent serve and the opening set will easily go over 9.5 games in total.
Gael Monfils vs Alexander Bublik Preview
This will be the first match between the two not on a Grand Slam. Bublik has legit chances to go deep in this tournament while Monfils is still testing himself whether he can be in competitive form for the US Open.
The former world No. 6 is currently ranked 323rd in the world. Monfils is 3-8 for the season and 1-4 on hard.
The Frenchman is coming off a 6-3, 6-4 opening round win over Bjorn Fratangelo which was his third win of the season. Earlier this year, he defeated Sebastian Baez in the opening round of the Roland Garros and Evan Furness in Ostrava.
Monfils is back at the Citi Open for the first time since 2017. He won the tournament in 2016 and reached the final in 2011.
Bublik is enjoying his highest-career ranking being No. 25 in the world. The player from Kazakhstan is 20-22 for the season and 3-8 on hard.
This will be his first match since round of 16 at Wimbledon where he lost to Andrey Rublev in five sets. Previously, he defeated the Russian in the Halle final for his first title of the season.
Gael Monfils vs Alexander Bublik Head to Head
Both players have won one of the previous two head to head matches. Monfils won in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 while Bublik won in the opening round of the 2020 Roland Garros, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Gael Monfils vs Alexander Bublik Match Details
- When will the match between Monfils vs Bublik be played? The match is scheduled for August 2.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Monfils vs Bublik? Given the odds, Bublik is a slight favorite to win this match.
- What is Monfils’ best result ever at the Citi Open? Monfils won the Citi Open back in 2016.
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