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The Japan Open’s defending champion, Taylor Fritz, is set to clash with local talent Shintaro Mochizuki in a highly anticipated second-round match. Read the latest updates and expert betting advice for the Japan Open 2023.
Our favourite Taylor Fritz vs Shintaro Mochizuki – match predictions
- 1 Our favourite Taylor Fritz vs Shintaro Mochizuki – match predictions
- 2 Fritz’s title defense: a showdown with Mochizuki at Japan Open
- 3 Key match details
As the top seed at the Japan Open, Fritz’s aim will be to secure back-to-back titles, but he faces a determined challenger in 20-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki
Over 19.5 Games @ 10/11 (1.91)
Mochizuki now faces a formidable test against the defending champion, Taylor Fritz, with the hope of turning the tide and making a statement on home soil in Tokyo. With his win over Martin Etcheverry, the 20-year-old proved he has the pedigree mix with the best. The defending champion’s form post-US Open has not been too great and will not be able to execute the aspiring local hero with ease. Expect Over 19.5 games to be played, as has been the case in each of Fritz’s last four outings.
Over 10.5 Set 1 total games @ 3/1 (4.00)
Fritz has been slow to get off his mark in his recent outings after his US Open quarter-final exit. The eighth successive defeat to Novak Djokovic has had an impact on him and it is showing. It will give Mochizuki a chance to hurt him in the earlier exchanges. While Fritz’s pedigree should help him get the better of the 20-year-old, we expect a lengthy first set. Based on this, we are backing to see over 10.5 games in the first set.
Taylor Fritz vs Shintaro Mochizuki odds
With this being their first meeting, Fritz’s experience and strong track record make him the frontrunner and he enters this match as the clear favourite with a 91.7% chance of victory, while Mochizuki faces an uphill battle with a 14.3% chance of upsetting the top seed.
Fritz’s title defense: a showdown with Mochizuki at Japan Open
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Taylor Fritz preview
Taylor Fritz, the defending champion at the Japan Open, has had a mixed bag of results recently. While he starts the tournament as the top seed and has displayed his championship-winning abilities, his form has fluctuated. Fritz reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, a significant achievement, where he faced the formidable Novak Djokovic. However, since that impressive run in New York, Fritz has faced some challenges. Despite these hurdles, Fritz showed signs of his true potential by defeating British number 1 Cameron Norrie in the first round of the Japan Open, aiming to reclaim his winning form in Tokyo.
Shintaro Mochizuki preview
The 20-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki has encountered a challenging period in terms of recent form. The young Japanese player has lost eight of his last ten matches leading up to the Japan Open. These struggles indicate that Mochizuki has been facing difficulties in maintaining consistent performance on the tour. However, he did secure a noteworthy first-round victory over Tomas Martin Etcheverry at the Japan Open, showcasing his determination and ability to rise to the occasion.
Taylor Fritz vs Shintaro Mochizuki head to head
The upcoming match between Fritz and Mochizuki will mark their first-ever meeting on the professional tennis circuit.
Key match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 10:00 on 19 October 2023.
- What is the prize money for the Japan Open 2023? The total prize money for the Japan Open 2023 is $2,013,940.
- Where is the match being played? Ariake Tennis Forest Park in Koto will host the Japan Open 2023.
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