TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open as Frances Tiafoe meets Ugo Humbert in the First Round on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021.
A hugely exciting First Round match is expected as American Frances Tiafoe meets Ugo Humbert of France at the 2021 Cincinnati Open. These are two of the most talented and exciting young players on the ATP Tour and it is sure to be an entertaining match regardless of the result. The Frenchman won their last meeting easily and there is no doubt that Tiafoe will be out for revenge here. Who will get the win and advance to the Second Round?
Ugo Humbert is unseeded here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open and is currently ranked #27 on the ATP Tour. The 23 yera old Frenchman has established himself as one of the most promising players in Tour with some strong results over the past few results, and has been climbing up the rankings, winning his first ATP-500 title in Halle. After losing in the First Round at Wimbledon to Nick Kyrgios in an epic five setter, he returned to the tour last week in Toronto where he fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas in a very tight three setter. Despite the loss, he showed that he is still in good form and truly can compete with the best in the world. He enters this match against Frances Tiafoe as the slight favorite, but knows that the American is a very tough opponent and won’t have it easy here.
Frances Tiafoe is currently ranked #52 in the ATP world rankings and like his opponent Ugo Humbert is unseeded here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open. The American is in solid form at the moment, upsetting the world number ten Denis Shapovalov last week in Toronto before falling to a renewed Gael Monfils in the Round of 16. Tiafoe has an explosive game and is a fierce competitor, a combination that makes him a very tough opponent on any surface, but especially home soil. Despite being the underdog here against Ugo Humbert, he always saves his best tennis for home soil and will be rearing to go perform in front of the local fans. He has been inconsistent this season, but has the capability to defeat anyone on a good day and should not be discounted.
This will be their third meeting on the ATP Tour, with the head to head series being deadlocked at 1-1. This certainly will be a very entertaining match between two flashy shot makers, and has the potential to go either way. However, after considering everything, I am backing the Frenchman Ugo Humbert to get the win here. Frances Tiafoe is a very solid player but Humbert has been more consistent this season, and is really developing well. Also, he won their last meeting in Delray Beach earlier this year very easily, so that should be considered as well. It will be a battle, and will likely go the distance, but give me Ugo Humbert to win a thriller and advance to the Second Round here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
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