World No.37 Frances Tiafoe of United States will play World No.50 Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 8, and the timing of this match is yet to be confirmed. You can find the Frances Tiafoe v Philipp Kohlschreiber live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Frances Tiafoe v Philipp Kohlschreiber Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between Tiafoe and Kohlschreiber on any surface.
Tiafoe Leads American Charge in Madrid
It has been a good start for American tennis in Madrid. Frances Tiafoe, Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz all booked their places in the second round. The last time three Americans who achieved that feat in Madrid was in 2016 when Denis Kudla, Sam Querrey and Jack Sock did it.
For Tiafoe in particular, he is playing with a swagger right now. After reaching the quarterfinals in Estoril (losing out to Uruguay’s clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas), Tiafoe showed resilience in overcoming the 14th seed, Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in three dramatic sets.
The American dropped the first set in a tiebreak, but he took the racquet out of Basilashvili’s hands and found his range in the second and third sets respectively. That was Tiafoe’s third top-20 win of the season.
Tiafoe, like most American tennis players, is a naturally comfortable on a hard court. He captured his maiden ATP tour title in Delray Beach last year beating del Potro and Shapovalov en route.
However, he has attained a likeness of the clay and given his raw power from the baseline, there is no reason why he can not replicate his hard court form on the dirt.
Underestimate Kohlschreiber At Your Own Peril
Philipp Kohlschreiber may be tumbling down the rankings, but he should not be underestimated particularly on the clay. At the age of 35, the World No.5 is at the twilight of his tennis career and he has amassed three titles on the clay-courts of BMW Open. Recently, he reached the quarterfinals at that event where he lost to Matteo Berrettini in three sets.
The German veteran has been a consistent figure in the World’s Top 20 for majority of his career. His high profile win this year was in beating World No.1 Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells. He also ran the Serb close in their recent encounter at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Judging by his record on the ATP tour (winner of eight titles and hitting a career high-ranking No.16 in 2012), it is easier to see why Kohlschreiber is still as dangerous as ever at the age of 35.
Tiafoe v Kohlschreiber Predictions & Tips
I am not entirely sure if a Kohlschreiber win can be termed as an upset here because he is overall a better player than Tiafoe on the surface. If conditions play slow Kohlschreiber can do serious damage dictating points from the back of the court.
Tip: Kohlschreiber to win in three sets: 3/1 (888Sport)