Hubert Hurkacz vs. Frances Tiafoe
|Date & Time||Thursday August 22, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Hubert Hurkacz and Frances Tiafoe meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Winston-Salem.
Hubert Hurkacz is coming off a straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Hurkacz won 75 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Hurkacz won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his seven break points. Hurkacz got 54 percent of his first serves in play, saved one of his two break points and hit three aces. Hurkacz had to play less than an hour of tennis due to Lopez retiring four games into the second set. It was needed for Hurkacz after playing three sets and over two hours in his first contest. Hurkacz looks to win three straight matches on the main tour for the first time since Indian Wells. Hurkacz has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
Frances Tiafoe is coming off a one set win over Filip Krajinovic that took eight games to decide. In the victory, Tiafoe won 88 percent of his first serve points and 82 percent of his second serve points. Tiafoe won 84 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his three break points. Tiafoe got 42 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. Tiafoe also benefits from rest, as he had to play just 38 minutes to move to the next round, as Krajinovic retired as soon as the first set was completed. Tiafoe looks to win three straight matches for the first time since Miami. Tiafoe has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
These two played twice in 2018 and Tiafoe won both meetings, including a match in the Next Gen Finals. The other match took place in Washington, a meeting Tiafoe won in straight sets.
While it was just one set, Tiafoe is coming off a brilliant serving performance, and he’s the type of player who thrives off confidence. It can be a rough go for Tiafoe when he’s not feeling it, but he’s a rising star when hitting his spots and has that pep in his step. Playing on American soil certainly doesn’t hurt Tiafoe.
I like Tiafoe to reach the semifinals.