Frances Tiafoe vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
|Date & Time||Thursday May 2, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Clube de Ténis do Estoril
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Frances Tiafoe and Yoshihito Nishioka meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Estoril Open.
Frances Tiafoe is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Tiafoe won 80 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Tiafoe won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 11 break points. Tiafoe looked sharp in his opening match, and a lot of it had to do with an improved serve and saving five of his six break points. When Tiafoe is hitting the ball with confidence and hitting his spots, he’s capable of hanging around with top players and making deep runs in tournaments. Tiafoe has a chance to win back-to-back matches for just the second time since Delray Beach. Tiafoe has split his last two matches on clay court.
Yoshihito Nishioka is coming off a straight sets win over Mackenzie McDonald that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Nishioka won 85 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Nishioka won 80 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his four break points. Nishioka won his match in a little over an hour and had everything working, especially his serve where he won 35 of 44 total service points. It was a much needed win for Nishioka, who entered this tournament losing two straight tough three set matches. Nishioka has a chance to win back-to-back matches for just the second time since the Australian Open. Nishioka has lost two of his last three matches on clay court.
These two played once in a 2016 challenger match, a meeting Nishioka won in straight sets. The match took 17 games to be decided.
Nishioka is more than capable of winning this match if he’s able to repeat what he did in his opener, but Tiafoe is somebody I look to back often when playing lesser players. Tiafoe is a rising star in the making and has the ability to mop the floor with a lot of opponents when he’s hitting the ball with confidence. You have to pick your spots with Tiafoe because sometimes it’s not there, but when he’s coming off a good match, he usually carries it over to the next.
Tiafoe should cruise to the quarterfinals.