Frances Tiafoe vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Frances Tiafoe and Philipp Kohlschreiber meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Frances Tiafoe is coming off a three sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Tiafoe won 77 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Tiafoe won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. Tiafoe managed to win a match despite dropping a tight first set, and it’s his mental approach that’s impressed me these past couple of weeks. Tiafoe has a history of letting matches get away from him at times, but he’s earned some tough victories lately and it’s a clear sign of maturity, something that will allow him to fly up the rankings. Tiafoe hopes to win at least two matches for the third time in his last four tournaments. Tiafoe has won three of his last four matches on clay court.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Kohlschreiber won 74 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Kohlschreiber won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his six break points. Kohlschreiber got 71 percent of his first serves in play and saved six of his seven break points, a formula that makes him tough to beat if he can repeat such effort. It’s been hit or miss overall for Kohlschreiber lately, but each of his last eight wins have been decided in straight sets, so when he’s on that day, he usually cruises to victory. Kohlschreiber hopes to win at least two matches for the third time in his last five tournaments. Kohlschreiber has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Kohlschreiber is the better player on clay, but he’s had trouble stringing wins together and has been real up and down over the last year or so. I like Tiafoe much better on hard court, but he’s showing terrific mental toughness these past couple of weeks and is somebody who is growing up before our very eyes. When you combine this new approach to his raw talent and ability to hit through players, Tiafoe is going to be a tough out.
Toss-up match for me, but I give the slight edge to Tiafoe based on current form.