Frances Tiafoe (@2.62) vs Ugo Humbert (@1.5)
07-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Ugo Humbert will win

Frances Tiafoe – Ugo Humbert Match Prediction | 07-11-2019 13:30

Davidovich Fokina showed some flashes of fantastic, aggressive, and clean hitting in his match against top seed Alex De Minaur. In the opening match of the day in Milan, Norways Casper Ruud will go up against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in a battle between the two players that lost their opening matches in Group A. Meanwhile, Ruud lost against Kecmanovic, but will be looking to improve on that performance. However, he struggled to maintain that level for the entirety and in the end was very much out-stayed by the more experienced Aussie.

I feel that he will be able to exploit the problems that Ruud has with not having enough preparation on his backhand to compete for long stages. The Norwegian often can keep things steady in matches with the serve and forehand combinations working well, but Davidovich Fokina will be on top of any ball that falls short. The Spaniards game is more well-suited to this kind of surface with strong, flat ball-striking off both wings.

21-year-old Tiafoe is part of the group often referred to as the Next Gen of tennis as he sets out to solidify his position for the year end Next Gen Tour Finals in London. Tiafoe had a good 2018, winning his first title at the Delray Beach Open and being a finalist at the Estoril Open. He also started well this year, being a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and moving into the top 30 of the ATP rankings. However, the rest of the year has not been one of note, as he has fallen outside the top 50 in the rankings.

The 18-year-old wildcard Jannik Sinner was probably the talk of the event after the first schedule of matches. The foundation of his game is really the ability to sense when to step forward, when to take time away, and overwhelm with his presence on the court. Add the fact he can eliminate any of his opponents chances with fabulous serving, it already makes him a very tough player. He pretty much out-classed Tiafoe in a four-sets win, and he continues to display absolutely no nerves of home pressure and looks comfortable with his own game moving forward.

Miomir Kecmanovic

The Italians rise up the ATP Rankings is the most pronounced of anyone in the draw. He began this season at No. His breakout year has included a maiden ATP Tour semi-final in Antwerp, first ATP Masters 1000 main draw win in Rome and a pair of ATP Challenger Tour titles. 551, but is now the youngest player inside the Top 100.

Monfils strong run continued through the year, with a quarter-finals appearance at the US Open, putting him in contention for the ATP Tour Finals in London. Monfils has had a strong year, knocking on the top ten rankings again. He started the year well with a good run at several tournaments during Frantic February, also winning the ATP 500 at Rotterdam. However, a disappointing Asian swing in recent weeks has distanced Monfils from the top ten rankings somewhat, and he will look for a strong run here and in the following weeks.

Ymer naturally likes to grind points, make balls, and play percentage tennis. The best way to fend off Sinner really is to try and prevent him from controlling play. The next player looking to scrape a win against the Italian is Swedens Mikael Ymer. That has earned him plenty of match-wins in his development and in times of desperation it is something he usually searches for, but I dont think his default setting will be enough to see him through here.

But Tiafoe is a player that can fight fire with fire with his own aggression and can serve his way through important moments. Humbert has the more natural game on an indoor surfaceable to end points in sequences of one-two punchesand has a far superior net game to the American.

Grigor Dimitrov

He was a finalist at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and a semi-finalist in Halle and one of the few in contention for the last two spots for the Tour Finals in London. Former world number seven Goffin has returned to the tour after injury layoffs and done well to return to the top 15 in the rankings after dropping to world number 30.

The German with a powerful game, had a career-best major performance at the French Open reaching the round of 16. He also scored noteworthy wins against top ranked players this year, none more than defeating then world number three Alexander Zverev at the Indian Wells Masters 1000. He has had consistent results at the ATP 250s and 500s, particularly on clay. German Struff has been on the tour for a few years, but this by far has been his best season.

Day 1 of the ATP NextGen Finals saw some very good matchups, with the Italian wildcard Jannik Sinner delighting the home crowd with a good four sets win over Frances Tiafoe, and last years finalist Alex De Minaur digging out first important group win against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Day 2 should be just as exciting as the eight best young players on tour look to make an impact in their second ATP NextGen Finals matches.