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Frances Tiafoe vs. Andreas Seppi - 01/17/19 ATP Tour - Australian Open Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Frances Tiafoe vs. Andreas Seppi
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Melbourne Park
Melbourne
The Line
The Line: -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Frances Tiafoe and Andreas Seppi meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.

Frances Tiafoe is coming off a four sets win over Kevin Anderson that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Tiafoe won 80 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Tiafoe won 78 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 14 break points. Tiafoe had 47 winners to 27 unforced errors, which is key to his game, as he’s usually very sloppy in his losses and gives points to his opponents far too often. As long as Tiafoe keeps his unforced errors to a minimum, he has to like his chances for an even deeper tournament run. Tiafoe hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Tiafoe has split his last six matches on hard court.   

Andreas Seppi is coming off a straight sets win over Jordan Thompson that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Seppi won 75 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Seppi won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 13 break points. Seppi is starting the year off n the right foot, as he made the final in Sydney and has won six of his first seven sets in this tournament. As long as Seppi continues to serve this well, he’s capable of continuing to turn heads. Seppi hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time since 2014, which would also be three straight fourth round appearances at the Australian Open. Seppi has won six of his last seven matches on hard court.   

There’s no match history between these two players.

Seppi has really come out of nowhere, as you figure his loss in Doha means he lost 14 of his last 22 matches at the time. The calendar flipped and Seppi has been a completely different player. The Italian is more than capable of winning this match, but I’m giving Tiafoe the slight edge. Tiafoe just saw a power hitter in Anderson and handled it rather well. Tiafoe is also an extremely talented young player capable of success on this stage as long as he limits the silly mistakes, something he’s done through his first two matches. We’re seeing the young players start to breakthrough in grand slams, and it’s only a matter of time before Tiafoe is next up.

Tiafoe makes the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

Pick:
Frances Tiafoe

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