Frances Tiafoe, eight seed at the Delray Beach Open will face fellow American, Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round clash. Tiafoe is ranked 62 in the ATP Rankings, whereas Fratangleo ranks just outside the top 250 on the 264th place.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Delray Beach Open 2021
- Fixture: Frances Tiafoe vs Bjorn Fratangelo
- Venue: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
- Round: Round of 16 (Second round)
- Category: ATP 250
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $349,530
Frances Tiafoe vs Bjorn Fratangelo: Match Preview
Frances Tiafoe, eight seed at the Delray Beach Open got off his 2021 campaign in the best possible fashion as he defeated fellow American, Donald Young in straight sets in round one. Tiafoe dropped just seven games on course to his first round victory. The American last played at the Astana Open where he lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion, John Millman in three sets.
Bjorn Fratangelo also had a comfortable first round victory, defeating fellow Amercian, Kevin King in the first round. He dropped just four games in the match and won an impressive 88% of his points on first serve. The American has mostly been involved in playing the Challenger events for majority of last year. He will look forward to perform well on the ATP circuit in 2021.
Frances Tiafoe vs Bjorn Fratangelo: Head-to-Head
The duo have faced three times in the past with Fratangelo winning on all occasions and as a result, he leads the head to head record 3-0. All their previous meetings have come in Challenger events, with the last one coming in 2016 at the Surbiton Challenger, which Fratangelo won in straight sets.
Frances Tiafoe vs Bjorn Fratangelo: Match Prediction
Frances Tiafoe enters the match as the certain favorite, because of his much improved performances towards the back end of the 2020 season. Fratangelo does have the mental edge over his American counterpart, having beaten him in all of their past meetings. However, Tiafoe has considerably improved in the past few years. Tiafoe also won the Challenger Parma last year, and reached the semifinals of the Astana Open. Tiafoe hits the ball with incredible power and he has found some precision to go with it in the recent past.
Match Prediction: Frances Tiafoe to defeat Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets.