Taylor Fritz will continue his 2022 Australian Open campaign against Frances Tiafoe in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open on Thursday, January 20. Get the live streaming options of this Taylor Fritz v Frances Tiafoe match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Taylor Fritz v Frances Tiafoe Head to Head
This will be the fourth meeting between these two players, with Fritz currently leading the H2H 2-1. Their most recent encounter occurred on the hard courts of Paris in 2019, with Fritz winning the battle 7-6(6) 3-6 6-4.
Fritz Impressive Start To 2022
Fritz has displayed impressive form at the start of 2022, recording a couple of 3-set wins over Auger-Aliassime and Norrie at the ATP Cup.
Against the Canadian, Fritz came from a set down to win 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4 in a 2-hour 30-minute battle. Sandwiched between these wins was a straight sets defeat to Zverev, however, the American bounced back to defeat British number-one 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1 in another 2-hour + tie.
The 24-year-old continued his form at the Australian Open, seeing off Marterer 7-6(8) 6-3 6-2 in under 2 hours.
Throughout the tie, the American was also to win 88% of first serve points and bomb down 16 aces and was broken just once throughout the match.
An incredible 48/17 winners to unforced errors ratio emphasise how well he played, and after a tight first set, eased his way into the second round to set up a tie with compatriot Tiafoe.
Tiafoe Gets First Win of 2022
Tiafoe recorded his first win of 2022 after battling through a 5-set epic against Argentine Trungelliti, winning the 2-hour 55-minute battle 3-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-3 to advance to round 2.
Prior to this, the American suffered opening round defeats in Adelaide. Firstly, against in form Kokkankis, losing a 3-set battle 3-6 7-5 6-1. Also in Adelaide, losing to Paul 6-2 6-3.
Throughout his opener in Melbourne, Tiafoe shot down 7 aces and won 78% of first serve points, with his first being broken 3 times throughout the 5-set encounter.
The 24-year-old was able to hit 50 winners and win 31 points at the net, eventually proving too hot to handle for Trungelliti, and made his way into round 2.
Tiafoe knows what it takes to beat Fritz, however, is going to have to play his best to stand a chance against his compatriot, a third-round birth would set up a tie with either Kohlschreiber or Bautista Agut.
Fritz v Tiafoe Prediction and Tip
This will likely be a hard-fought match, however, based on current form, it is likely that Fritz will advance to the third round in 3 or 4 sets.