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After an unexpected loss in Toronto, Taylor Fritz is back in action at the Cincinnati Open. The highest-ranked American is under pressure to perform well in front of the home crowd and will start his journey against Jiri Lehecka.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Jiri Lehecka vs Taylor Fritz – match predictions
Taylor Fritz is coming off a difficult loss in Toronto against Alex de Minaur after dropping the opening set with a 5-1 and a set-point lead. He will need to step up from the very start of the tournament if he wants to go deep in Cincinnati.
Taylor Fritz -3.5 games
Fritz has defeated Lehecka twice before and he should not have any problems doing that for the third time this year. The American will play with a chip on his shoulder after what happened in Toronto and he has recently shown that is in great form with the title in Atlanta. Lehecka is still young player and even though he possesses quality, Fritz will win this one by covering the -3.5 games spread.
Under 22.5 games
Lehecka has a winning record on hard surface but that will not help him in this match. Fritz simply knows how to dominate him and will do that once again in front of the home crowd in a match that will stay under 22.5 games.
Jiri Lehecka vs Taylor Fritz preview
Taylor Fritz is ninth seed at the Western & Southern Open and has everything that he needs to go deep in the tournament.
Jiri Lehecka is 36th in the rankings, three spots lower than his career high. The 21-year-old is 30-22 for the season and 15-9 on hard.
Last week in Toronto, Lehecka started well with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 win over Brandon Nakashima before losing to Casper Ruud in the second round.
His best result this season were the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
Taylor Fritz is the highest ranked American player sitting in No. 9 in the world. He is 43-18 for the season and 27-7 on hard.
Fritz is coming off a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 loss to Alex de Minaur in the round of 16 in Toronto.
He has won two titles this season in Delray Beach and Atlanta and also made it to five more semifinals.
Jiri Lehecka vs Taylor Fritz head to head
Taylor Fritz won both of the previous matches against Jiri Lehecka, and both of them were played this year. In the round of 16 at the Monte Carlo Masters, the American won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Earlier this year at the ATP Cup, Fritz won 6-3, 6-4.
Jiri Lehecka vs Taylor Fritz match details
- When will the match between Lehecka vs Fritz be played? The match is scheduled for August 14.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Lehecka vs Fritz? Given the odds, Fritz is a major favorite to win this match.
- What us Taylor Fritz’s best result at the Western & Southern Open? Fritz’s best result in Cincinnati is last year’s quarterfinal.
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