2019 US Open – Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe on and what time does it start? Thursday 29th August, 2019 – not before 17:00 (UK)

Where is Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe taking place? Flushing Meadows, New York

What is the expected weather for Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe? Sunny, 28c

What channel is Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe on? The US Open will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe? Amazon Prime have the rights to the US Open in the UK so it is worth checking their schedule for streaming times

Where can I get tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/ticket_plans.html

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Alexander Zverev beat Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev created 19 break points and took nine of them in his strange five-set first-round match with Moldova’s Radu Albot, where it seemed the German lost his way after going two sets up before winning the decider.
  • The German number one has had his US Open campaign ended twice by compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last four seasons and has surprisingly never progressed past the third round at Flushing Meadows.
  • 22-year-old Zverev has won three of the four matches played against Frances Tiafoe, including two second-round matches at Grand Slams in 2017 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

FRANCES TIAFOE

  • Frances Tiafoe was cruising against 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic and was two sets up in their first-round match before the Croatian big-serving legend was forced to retire through injury.
  • World number 45 Tiafoe is on his way back to the career-high 29th ATP ranking he achieved in February of this year after some decent US Open preparations at the Winston-Salem Open
  • The 21-year-old is one of the USA’s exciting young prospects on the men’s side of the draw alongside Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz, and he should receive a big following at this Grand Slam.

THE PREDICTION

Frances Tiafoe has previously beaten Alexander Zverev on a hard court at the Cincinnati Masters in 2017, but the German number one leads their head-to-head record 3-1 and won both previous Grand Slam second-round encounters. Zverev has something to prove here after a terrible first-round loss at Wimbledon last month, and he will not be encouraged by a crowd hugely in favour of his even younger opponent. An early 2019 Frances Tiafoe could have been favourite for this meeting, and it is tempting to suggest he can win this match over Zverev with so many of the German’s peers falling in the early rounds. Tiafoe has the crowd, and relative freshness on his side after a two-set default victory to Zverev’s five-set slog.

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