A compelling opening round match is scheduled to take place at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, as France’s Gael Monfils and Germany’s Benjamin Becker meet for a fifth time on the professional tour. So far, Monfils has won all four of their matches in the head-to-head series, including their most recent meeting in Auckland in 2013.
Although there was no evidence to show that he would shine in Paris, Gael Monfils was the last Frenchman standing at Roland Garros, and took British No. 1 Andy Murray to five sets in the quarter-final round before losing a disastrous, and somewhat baffling, final set 6-0 to the Scot. After dropping the opening two sets, Monfils rebounded by winning the second two, and looked to have Murray in trouble with momentum on his side, but ultimately his lack of fitness began to show and he was unable to complete the match at full strength.
Luckily, the world No. 20 will only have to worry about a maximum of three sets until Wimbledon, and will look to maneuver his way in Halle with a first round win over Benjamin Becker.
World No. 79 Benjamin Becker has had a relatively poor few months on the ATP tour. The German picked up exactly three ATP World Tour main draw wins during the clay court portion of the season, and lost his first match on grass to eventual champion Marcos Baghdatis at the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham. This does not bode well for his chances in Halle.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Monfils holding a 4-0 clean sweep dating back to 2010. All four of those contests took place on hard court, which should make tomorrow’s contest slightly more interesting.
Prediction: Gael Monfils in Three Sets