Monfils vs Berrettini: prediction for the Australian Open match
Gael Monfils has reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time since 2016. This is so far the best result of the French player at the Australian major. He has had a bit of luck with the tournament draw - Monfils easily passed two claycourt specialists, Federico Coria and Cristian Garin, and got the upper hand over the inconsistent Alexander Bublik and Miomir Kecmanovic.
Matteo Berrettini had four tough matches at the current tournament, but he has overcome all of his problems so far. At the start of the major the Italian tennis player defeated Brandon Nakashima and Stefan Kozlov, then prevailed over the young Carlos Alcaraz Garcia in a five-set battle, and in the round of 16 he confidently closed Pablo Carreno Busta (7:5, 7-6, 6-4).
Monfils played 3 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
In 3 of Berrettini's last 5 matches, no more than 9 games were played in the first set.
Both sides are on top form and we are expecting a close battle here. Berrettini has a slight edge in this match, but Monfils has gained momentum and won't give in easily.
Our prediction - total over 38 games
Monfils is looking amazing at the Australian Open, but we will be backing Berrettini, who is also in great shape and leads the head-to-head at 2-0.
Second wager - handicap (-3) to Berrettini