Pouille vs Monfils by Tennisguy

This is a first round match from the Australian Open between two fellow compatriots from France Lucas Pouille and Gael Monfils.

 

They have never faced each other so far so this will be their first encounter.

 

On paper Monfils is the clear favorite but for some reason I am not sure that he is prepared for this tournament. The reason I say this is because he didn't play any competitive matches in this start of the year and he chose to play only in exhibition tournament. I'm not sure that that is the best preparation for this type of tournament so I think his game will be a bit off. Pouille on the other hand played some good matches at the Auckland tournament last week where he got to the semifinal stage and lost to Mannarino in 3 sets. It's true he was a but lucky because he did play in the qualif. stages there and lost in the last round so he got in the tournament as a lucky looser, but I do have to mention that he lost to Vesely the guy who actually went to win the tournament.

 

I think this will be a match in which there will be one if note more tiebreaks so I believe it will be a close one. Pouille has a pretty good service himself so I think he can stay close to Monfils in most of the sets. Monfils isn't the most patient type of player and along with the fact that I believe he isn't that well prepared this could be a big problem for him.

 

It might seem like a long shot but I actually like Pouille's chances in this match and at these odds I am quite willing to take this bet.

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Pouille to win Pinnacle 4.65 6 2-3 LOST (-6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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