ATP Vienna Open: Frances Tiafoe vs. Gaël Monfils Preview, Head-To-Head, and Prediction

Published 10/26/2023, 5:31 AM EDT

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Ever since its inception in 1974, the Vienna Open has drawn a large fan base, all eager to witness intense action every season. The ATP Tour 500 event is expected to continue its tradition this season, with some of the top-ranked players on the circuit vying for the championship title. Just after the first-round fixtures, the stage is set all up for a blockbuster encounter between two elite players.

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The American tennis star Frances Tiafoe will square off against his French colleague Gaël Monfils in the second round of the tournament. It could turn out to be a thriller as it is a matchup between a 7th-seed player and his opponent, who happens to be on a six-match winning streak.

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The American tennis star entered the tournament as the 7th seed and was awarded a walkover after his British opponent, Dan Evans, picked up an injury in the first round. While having 38 wins from 57 matches in his bag this season, Frances Tiafoe also had some triumphant runs in Stuttgart and Houston. By winning two ATP singles titles this season, the current world No. 14 has now extended his total tally to 3.

Gaël Monfils, on the other hand, has marked his participation in the tournament after his title-winning run at the Stockholm Open. Entering the Vienna Open as an unseeded player, the veteran Frenchman swiftly brushed aside the German, Daniel Altmaier, in the first round of the event, 6-4, 6-4. The 37-year-old is now on a six-match winning streak after his lengthy absence from the tour.

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Tiafoe vs. Monfils: Head-to-Head

The two ATP superstars previously met at the 2021 Rogers Cup in Toronto, where Monfils clinched a comfortable victory against his American opponent. Prior to this, Tiafoe and Monfils also faced each other at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, and it was the younger Tiafoe who won in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, on his home soil. Their head-to-head record is locked at an even 1-1 after each player has won once against the other.

Prediction: Tiafoe to win in three sets

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Tiafoe’s explosive groundstrokes and athleticism will make him the favorite to win against his 37-year-old opponent, even if the latter is on a six-match winning streak and fresh off a title claim. Monfils, who just won the Stockholm Open after 12 long years, will give him a tough fight; however, the American will probably prevail in three sets.

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Anurag Gusain is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching the Spanish legend Rafael Nadal dominate other superstars on the ATP Tour. His coverage of Nadal's 14 French Open titles has been hailed as some of the best in the business, showcasing his talent for storytelling and his ability to capture the essence of the sport.
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