Bjorn Fratangelo vs. Frances Tiafoe - 2021 Delray Beach Open Second Round
Sunday, January 10 2021
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It is another All-American matchup for Frances Tiafoe as he meets Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round here at the 2021 Delray Beach Open on Sunday, January 10th 2020. Will Tiafoe continue to dominate as he did in his first round match, or will Fratangelo be able to cause the upset?
Bjorn Fratangelo came through a very easy and solid first round match against Kevin King in the first round, beating his fellow American in straight sets 6-2/6-2. Fratangelo is not really well known on the ATP Tour, however, he will know how to play his fellow Americans, such as Frances Tiafoe. Fratangelo is going to need to bring his level up and ensure he maintains consistency in this match if he wants to stand any chance. I think that Fratangelo will need to improve his first serve percentage (49% in his first round match) and his second serve win percentage (58% in his first round match) if he is to stand a chance here.
Frances Tiafoe also beat a fellow American, in Donald Young, in an easy straight sets victory 6-3/6-4 in the first round. Tiafoe is one of the most promising young American prodigy's and he will definitely want to impress infront of his home crowd. Tiafoe will want to make 2021 his breakthrough season as he looks to become close to some other young players which have improved more than he has over the last few years, such as Denis Shapovalov, but he will need to impress early on this year to do that.
This is going to be the first meeting between these two players and it is only going to go one way in my opinion. Bjorn Fratangelo is ranked 274 and is more of a challenger player compared to Frances Tiafoe who is ranked 62, and has ranked much higher before, and is a mainstay on the ATP Tour. I expect it to be a fun match for the fans as they will cheer both American's on, but I think that Tiafoe has a stronger and more aggressive playing style, which will bring him the win.