Frances Tiafoe vs Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Thursday October 4, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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South African superstar, Kevin Anderson will be playing Frances Tiafoe from the United States in the second round of the 2018 ATP Japan Open.
Kevin Anderson had a shaky start to his opening round match as he lost the first set but managed to bounce back well winning the last 2 sets to get that victory. In that win, Kevin Anderson served exceptionally well as he hit 22 aces and only lost one service game. Furthermore, Kevin Anderson won close to 70% of the points played during his service games. Kevin Anderson in the 9th best player in the world and the number 2 seed for this tournament. Anderson had a decent US Open and a strong Laver Cup as he beat Novak Djokovic. With favorable recent results, Kevin Anderson will be hard to beat in this tournament.
Frances Tiafoe, on the other hand, won his opening round match in straight sets. Tiafoe also served very well as the American only allowed his opponent to win 19 points off his serve in the entire match. It has been a tough few weeks for Frances Tiafoe as he only made the second round of the US Open and lost his match at the Laver Cup. With form being poor recently, it will be a tough match for Tiafoe as he will be playing an elite player who is much higher ranked.
Kevin Anderson and Frances Tiafoe have played twice in the past with Anderson winning on both occasions. The most recent meeting was at the 2018 Miami Masters where Kevin Anderson won in straight sets.
All in all, I see Kevin Anderson winning this match. Anderson is higher ranked, in better form and has beaten Tiafoe twice in the past. With all the assets in the South African’s favor, I see Kevin Anderson making the third round.