Tiafoe vs. Zverev
|Date & Time||Thursday July 6, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Alexander Zverev and Frances Tiafoe meet in the second round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Evgeny Donskoy that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 75 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Zverev was really sharp with his service game in the opening round victory and won in straight sets despite winning just 35 percent of his return points. Zverev has now won 11 of his last 15 sets played on grass court and has shown the last few months that he’s a player starting to really find himself at 20 years old while bringing out the consistent tennis. Zverev hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fourth time in his career. Zverev has won seven of his last nine matches on grass court.
Frances Tiafoe is coming off a four sets win over Robin Haase that took 43 games to decide. In the victory, Tiafoe won 69 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Tiafoe is in the second round of a grand slam for the second time at 19 years old and would love to get a stamen win here after a rough season overall. Tiafoe is just 3-8 on the main tour this season, but he is coming off a match in which he produced 62 winners, and we all know what he’s capable of when playing in a groove. As long as Tiafoe is hitting the ball with confidence, he has a chance to beat anyone on any given day. Tiafoe hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Tiafoe has lost four of his last five matches on grass court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in this years Australian Open, a match Zverev won in straight sets. The match took 27 games to decide.
This should be a fun match between two players who many will consider the future of tennis. Both of these kids have the goods and it’s a complete toss-up if they both show up to play. The problem is Zverev is in a nice rhythm right now, while Tiafoe has had a rough going all season long. While he has the ability, it’s tough seeing Tiafoe pull this off given his form.
I like Zverev to win in four sets.