ATP Delray Beach: Paul v Tiafoe

Tommy Paul 2.00, Frances Tiafoe 2.00

Second round. Due to start around 7:30 pm

Tiafoe won their only previous meeting. That was in a hard court Challenger in Lexington, USA. He won in straight sets.

Much stronger overall results for Paul in the last 12 months. . His hard court results are also stronger. He has won 79% of matches in the last 12 months compared to 44% for Tiafoe. If we only compare hard court matches in main tour tournaments Paul leads 70% to 42% matches won.

Paul started the season with a semi final in Adelaide. he came through the qualifying rounds that week. He backed that up with a third round finish at the Australian Open. This week he took on Lucky Loser Daniel Elahi Galen in the first round and beat him in straight sets. He faced just 2 break points and saved both of them.

Tommy Paul
Tommy Paul – Photo: ATPTour

Tiafoe has won 2 of his 6 hard court matches in 2020. To be fair he has had some tough draws. In Doha he faced in from Marton Fucsovics losing in 3. The following week it was The talented Mikael Ymer in Auckland and he also lost in 3 sets. His luck didn’t improve in Melbourne and it was Daniil Medvedev on the other side of the net. The Russian won that in 4 sets.

Tiafoe dropped down to Challenger level in Newport Beach and made the second round after beating 207 ranked Alejandro Tabilo in 2 sets. Denis Istomin then beat him in straight sets as huge underdog. Tiafoe did find some better form indoors in the Dallas Challenger 2 weeks ago. He reached the quarter final where he lost as favourite to Denis Kudla in 2 sets.

Tiafoe will find some better form soon but tonight I have to go with Tommy Paul to win. Back him around 2.20 to 2.30.

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WTA Dubai: Martic v Kontaveit

Petra Martic 2.54, Anett Kontaveit 1.63

Quarter Final. Due to start around 3 pm

This will be their first meeting.

Slightly better 12 month results for Martic. Much stronger hard court results for Kontaveit in the same period.

Martic was only broken once against Barbora Strycova although she faced 11 break points. In her first round match she had faced 13 break points against Su-Wei Hsieh and was broken 3 times in their 2 sets.

Kontaveit
Kontaveit – Photo: TennisWorldUSA

Kontaveit has made the better start to 2020. She was broken 4 times by Pavlyuchenkova last night but immediately broke back each time. She was very comfortable against Sorana Cirstea in the first round. Cirstea had played well to come through the qualifying rounds.

Back Kontaveit around 1.90

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