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Taylor Fritz vs. Liam Caruana 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Game
Liam Caruana vs. Taylor Fritz
Date & Time Wednesday November 7, 2018, 10:00 AM (EST)
The Line
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TV Channel
Tennis
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Tennis | Liam Caruana vs. Taylor Fritz
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Taylor Fritz and Liam Caruana meet in the 2018 tennis Next Gen ATP Finals.

Taylor Fritz is coming off a five sets loss to Andrey Rublev that took 31 games to decide. In the loss, Fritz won 74 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Fritz won 59 percent of his total service points and gave his opponent 16 break points. The good news is Fritz had 15 aces and was highly effective with his first serve, so he should be in good shape if he can simply clean up a few things. The bad news is that Fritz has had issues recently with his second serve and it’s led to him losing four of his last six matches. The young American needs to be more effective with his second serve if he stands a chance in this tournament. Fritz has lost four of his last six matches on indoor hard court.

Liam Caruana is coming off a straight sets loss to Alex De Minaur that took 16 games to decide. In the loss, Caruana won 63 percent of his first serve points and 24 percent of his second serve points. Caruana won just 49 percent of his total service points and was broken four times in a loss that took under an hour. Caruana entered this tournament a bit over his head given the lack of main tour experience and his poor form overall recently. Still, win or lose, Caruana gains valuable experience in matches like this against his peers, and it could make him worthy of betting on once the 2019 season begins. Caruana has lost two of his last three matches on indoor hard court.

There’s no match history between these two players.

Caruana didn’t do anything in his last match that makes you eager to bet on him. Fritz lost his match, but he pushed the match to the limit and was serving well when he got the ball in play the first time. Caruana is a little too green right now to be taken seriously in this event. 

Give me the American for the victory.

Pick:
Taylor Fritz

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