TennisSection previews the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open as Frances Tiafoe takes on Tommy Paul in the first round on Monday, January 10th, 2022.
Will Tommy Paul continue to build on the solid foundation he showed us all towards the end of the 2021 season? Will Frances Tiafoe show us that he is ready to get back to his best level of tennis in 2022? Both players are friends and know each other very well on court. Who will progress to the second round of the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open?
Tommy Paul finished off the 2021 season in great fashion, winning his maiden ATP Tour title in Stockholm. To start the 2022 season, Tommy played at the Adelaide Open last week where he reached the quarter finals, losing in straight sets to Gael Monfils, the eventual champion. Tommy Paul is a great player and he still has some room to improve his game, which is a very good thing for him. Here at the Adelaide 2 Open, Tommy will know that the draw is a little less competitive so he could have a chance to go further. However, he has a very tough opponent in his first match against Frances Tiafoe.
Frances Tiafoe also played at the 2022 Adelaide Open last week, however, he lost in his opening match against Thanasi Kokkinakis, losing from a set up. Frances played well for the first set and a half, but as we often see from the American, he can lose his concentration at times and he then could not find his rhythm again. Frances will come out here at the Adelaide 2 Open to see if he can get some more competitive minutes on court in preparation for the Australian Open next week. However, with Tommy Paul as his first opponent, he needs to ensure he’s at his best.
Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul have met 4 times before, with Frances Tiafoe leading the head to head 3-1. They met a couple months ago in the Semi-Finals of the Stockholm Open where Tommy came back from a set down to win the match and he eventually won the final as well. Tommy has been playing well, and I am sure that he will come out here in great form to try and get another win under his belt early in the 2022 season. However, I believe that if Frances Tiafoe shows us the level of tennis he played against Kokkinakis last week for the first set and a half, and doesn’t lose concentration, then he is the better player coming into this encounter at the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Frances Tiafoe in 3 sets.
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