Monfils vs Zverev: prediction for the ATP Indian Wells match
Gael Monfils seems to have overcome his crisis and is demonstrating solid play. Before the start of the current tournament, the French tennis player played in the final of the Sofia Masters. In Indian Wells Monfils has defeated Gianluca Mager (6-4, 6-2) and Kevin Anderson (7-5, 6-2).
Alexander Zverev is having possibly the best season in his career. He has won three trophies this year - in Acapulco, Madrid, and Cincinnati, plus he also got the Olympic gold medal in the singles tournament. Zverev defeated Jenson Brooksby in his first match at Indian Wells (6-4, 3-6, 6-1) and then outplayed the experienced Andy Murray in two sets (6-4, 7-6).
Zverev played 4 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
Monfils played over 9.5 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Monfils is in great shape and shows beautiful play. He should not be underestimated, even though Zverev is a clear favourite here. We suggest playing Monfils' victory with a positive handicap.
Our prediction - handicap (+5) to Monfils
Prediction: Handicap (+5) to Monfils
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We expect a long fight. Zverev is the favourite, but Monfils will definitely put up a fight. Monfils also leads the head-to-head at 3-0, so he knows how to play against Zverev.
Second wager - total over 21 games