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A place in the third round of the Miami Open is up for grabs as Yosuke Watanuki and Frances Tiafoe go up against each other on Saturday. Which of these players will be left standing at the end of this match?
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Yosuke Watanuki vs Frances Tiafoe – Match Predictions
As Yosuke Watanuki and Frances Tiafoe battle for supremacy, these are our predictions and tips for this match
Frances Tiafoe to Win in Two Sets
One of these players had to go through the qualifying rounds in order to reach this tournament, while the other is a top 15 player. Granted, Yosuke Watanuki has won three matches in a row, including the qualifying rounds. However, prior to this tournament, he was on a three-match losing run, and his best results came in Challenger and ITF events. In contrast, Frances Tiafoe reached the semi-final of the just-concluded Indian Wells Open; and he won six of his last eight matches in straight sets. With that in mind, we are fairly confident that the American will come out on top in straight sets.
Under 22.5 Total Games
It’s important to point out that all of Frances Tiafoe’s last eight matches ended in two sets. Keeping that in mind, we believe that 22.5 is a bit high for this match, especially considering the players involved. Interestingly, six of Frances Tiafoe’s last seven singles matches went comfortably under 22 games; and for that reason, we are going with the under.
Yosuke Watanuki vs Frances Tiafoe Preview
We’ve established our Yosuke Watanuki vs Frances Tiafoe predictions. That said, it’s vital to point out how these players have fared in recent weeks.
Yosuke Watanuki defeated this year’s Australian Open Juniors champion Alexander Blockx in the first round of qualies, then proceeded to defeat Christopher O’Connell and Benoit Paire in his next two matches. Compared with these players however, Frances Tiafoe will be a relatively tougher opponent. Can the Japanese player extend his winning run to four matches today?
Frances Tiafoe impressed at the BNP Paribas Open last week, reaching the semi-final. The American has enjoyed some fine form these past few weeks; as he won six of his last eight singles matches in straight sets. Tiafoe will look to secure a place in the third round of the Miami Open, and he’ll fancy his chances against Yosuke Watanuki.
Yosuke Watanuki vs Frances Tiafoe Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between these players, which is no surprise considering Yosuke Watanuki mostly plays Challenger and ITF events, while Tiafoe is a regular on the ATP Tour.
Yosuke Watanuki vs Frances Tiafoe Match Details
- When will the Watanuki vs Tiafoe match be played? This match is scheduled for Saturday, 25th March
- On which surface will this match be played? Watanuki and Tiafoe will meet on an outdoor hard court.
- Who do the bookies favour ahead of this match? Frances Tiafoe is the pre-match favourite.
- Is it possible to watch the Miami Open 2023 live in the UK? Yes. This match, and every other match in this tournament will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom.