Gael Monfils (Player Bio) looks to improve upon a fantastic performance last week in Shanghai when he arrives at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna for his opening round match against Marinko Matosevic (Player Bio). It is their second ever encounter after the Frenchman defeated Matosevic in the first round of the Australian Open last year. Check out the Monfils vs Matosevic Head to Head.
While it has been a turbulent year for Monfils, he managed to produce some of his best tennis this year en route to a shocking upset victory over 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The win is arguably his best this year and weakened Federer’s chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals. Prior to his inspiring win , Monfils had defeated Vasek Pospisil, who took out Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round here in Vienna. The two could potentially meet again in the quarterfinals of this tournament if they get past their upcoming opponents. Monfils will have to get past Matosevic as well as a potential clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to whom he holds a losing record against (1-4 head-to-head).
World No. 54 Matosevic has had a decent year on the tour but has been incapable of converting his opportunities during big tournaments. He holds a losing overall record of 18-25, yet has rising 19 spots on the world rankings due to his quarterfinal appearance in Rogers Cup tournament in August. While that was an impressive showing in Canada, he has failed to string together a two wins on the tour since that tournament. He will be looking to break that streak here in Vienna, starting with his tough first round match-up against Monfils.
Monfils won their only other encounter on the tour with relative ease, defeating Matosevic 7-6(5) 6-3 6-3 to reach the second round of the Australian Open. It is unlikely Matosevic will become any more competitve in this match-up as he does not have the tool to handle Monfils’s dazzling displays on the court. While this will likely be an entertaining contest, it should be a relatively easy win for Monfils.