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World No. 10, and Citi Open second seed, Frances Tiafoe is starting the tournament in his hometown against Aslan Karatsev.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Aslan Karatsev vs Frances Tiafoe – Match Predictions
This will be the second match between Karatsev and Tiafoe this year. Tiafoe is back in action after three weeks off and he should be ready to attack the title in Washington DC.
Frances Tiafoe 2-0
Tiafoe has recently made it to the Top 10 for the first time in his career and he is entering the US Open series with huge ambitions. He is starting the tournament against Karatsev who is having many ups and downs this season. The Russian has a solid serve but will not be able to keep up with the pace Tiafoe will set. The American is much more versatile player and that will allow him to win this match in straight sets.
Under 22.5 games
Both players have solid serves and this looks like a match that can go the distance but Tiafoe will not allow that to be the case. He will constantly push his opponent and we will see at least one break in both sets which will keep the match under 22.5 games in total.
Aslan Karatsev vs Frances Tiafoe Preview
Tiafoe made it to the semifinals last year at the US Open and he is starting the series with high goals on his mind. Karatsev is a solid veteran who can hold his ground but it is hard to believe that he will be a threat for the American.
Karatsev is currently 75th in the ATP rankings and his career high is No. 14. The 29-year-old is 23-14 for the season and 4-3 on hard. He started the tournament with a 7-6, 6-1 win over world No. 717, Kiranpal Pannu.
Karatsev best result this season was the semifinal in Madrid where he lost to Jan-Lennard Struff. This will be his second appearance at the Citi Open after reaching the second round last year.
Tiafoe has recently reached his career high ranking, being No. 10 in the world. The 25-year-old is 30-14 for the season and 14-5 on hard surface.
He is coming back in action after taking three weeks off after the third round loss to Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon.
Tiafoe has won two titles this season, recently in Stuttgart and in April in Houston. His best result at the Citi Open is last year’s quarterfinals where he lost to Nick Kyrgios.
Aslan Karatsev vs Frances Tiafoe Head to Head
Frances Tiafoe won the only previous match against Aslan Karatsev. In the second round of the Roland Garros earlier this year, the American won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.
Aslan Karatsev vs Frances Tiafoe Match Details
- When will the match between Karatsev vs Tiafoe be played? The match is scheduled for August 1.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Karatsev vs Tiafoe? Given the odds, Tiafoe is the favorite to win this match.
- Who is the defending champion of the Citi Open? Nick Kyrgios won the tournament in 2022.
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