Gael Monfils is surging into form ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Monfils will look to keep up his winning ways against Federico Coria in round 1. We have predictions for every round 1 match including Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez’s matches.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Egor Gerasimov
Damian Kust: Egor Gerasimov hasn’t been in great form for a while now and it should be an easy enough opening round for Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole is still lacking success at Slams outside Wimbledon and this could be his moment to start making up for it. Hurkacz in 3
Yesh Ginsburg: Hurkacz rose into the Top 10 last year. Let’s see if he can pick up where he left off. Hurkacz in 3
Gael Monfils vs Federico Coria
Damian: This should be relatively straightforward on a hard court. Federico Coria took seven games off Gael Monfils at the 2021 US Open, expecting a similar outcome here. Monfils in 3
Yesh: Monfils looks pretty solid to start this year, after an impressive patch busting his slump. The Frenchman should be better here. Monfils in 4
Stefan Kozlov vs Jiri Vesely
Damian: You never know what to expect from Stefan Kozlov. If he can channel his late 2021 form and be so effective in serve plus one play again, then his unique strokes can seriously trip up Jiri Vesely.
Kozlov in 5
Yesh: Vesely was once seen as a huge up-and-comer, but just hasn’t quite found the range. Kozlov, meanwhile, isn’t ready for the big time yet. Vesely in 3
Radu Albot vs Yoshihito Nishioka
Damian: Expect some long rallies in this one. Coming through the qualifying can only help Radu Albot in this match, allowing him more time to get used to the conditions and get a few match wins under his belt. Albot in 5
Yesh: Albot had a great start to 2019, but hasn’t been great since. Nishioka is a solid player, and should be better, especially on hard courts. Nishioka in 4