Frances Tiafoe vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles
October 5, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Frances Tiafoe -350 / Bernabe Zapata Miralles +275
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Frances Tiafoe will meet Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the Round of 16 at the 2022 Tokyo Open. The match will be played on Wednesday October 5th, 2022.
Frances Tiafoe is the fourth seed here at the Tokyo Open and is ranked 19th in the world. The American #2 is at a career high ranking after his fantastic run to the US Open Semi-Finals, defeating Rafael Nadal among others. He announced himself on the big stage after many years of promise, and seems to have finally put everything together that he needs to consistently compete with the world’s best. A clinical display against Yasutaka Uchiyama showed that he is still carrying some of that momentum, serving very well en route to a 6-3, 6-4 win. He is again the favorite here against Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles, and will like his chances of advancing to the Quarter-Finals.
Bernabe Zapata Miralles is unseeded here at the Tokyo Open and is ranked 80th on the ATP Tour. The Spaniard has had quite a disappointing season so far, sitting on a losing 8-13 record, but seemed very confident in his opening round upset win over Taro Daniel. Zapata Miralles struggled with his serve at times but otherwise played very well, defeating the local player 7-5, 7-5 in just over two hours. Despite those heroics, he will have to be much better against Frances Tiafoe, with the American in career-best form.
This should be a relatively routine win for Frances Tiafoe. The American has taken his game up to another level this season, and with his confidence soaring high after that US Open result I think that he will be too much for the Spaniard here. Zapata Miralles is a good player but won’t be any match for Tiafoe’s firepower. Back the young American with confidence here at the Tokyo Open.