Hubert Hurkacz vs. Frances Tiafoe
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 6, 2018, 2:30 PM (EST)|
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Frances Tiafoe and Hubert Hurkacz meet in the 2018 tennis Next Generation ATP Finals.
Frances Tiafoe enters this tournament losing nine of his last 11 matches and is fresh off a performance in which he was broken four times and had four double faults. Consistency and confidence has been a real issue for the 20-year-old Tiafoe, and his game can really spiral out of control when he doesn’t have either going. However, Tiafoe is one of the more talented players in this tournament and could be the dark horse if he gets his game on track. Tiafoe has the power and shotmaking ability to beat anybody in this field and does have two career wins over top-10 players, something not many in this event can say. Tiafoe has lost four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Hubert Hurkacz has won six of his last seven matches, which includes winning the Brest Challenger, his fourth challenger title of his career. Hurkacz is very green when it comes to the main tour, but he’s made three challenger final appearances this season and has won two titles since June. While experience is lacking against some of the better players in the world, Hurkacz is one of the hotter players in the field and that confidence should help calm any nerves he may be dealing with. In his last main tour match, Hurkacz pushed Hyeon Chung to three sets and broke him four times. Hurkacz has won six of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Washington of this year, a match Tiafoe won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided.
Hurkacz is in better form and has to be the more confident player, which makes me strongly consider him in this contest. However, Tiafoe is the more polished player at this point and is somebody I’m not giving up on despite his struggles. Tiafoe is more than capable of winning this event if he just gets his game back on track and cleans up the unforced errors.
I don’t love the play, but I like Tiafoe as a dark horse in this tournament.