Frances Tiafoe of the USA, number 24, meets Belgium’s David Goffin in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday 26 May Head and tips here.
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Frances Tiafoe vs David Goffin head to head
Goffin leads 3-1. All four of their encounters have been on hard courts, with Tiafoe winning the last encounter in 2019.
Tiafoe records first win at RG
After losing all six of his previous first-round matches at Roland Garros, Frances Tiafoe finally clinched his first win on the clay-court major on Tuesday when he defeated local hope Benjamin Bonzi in straight sets.
In a nearly three-hour contest, Tiafoe had 23 breaking chances, but he was only able to take five of them. He also faced nine break points but saved six to win the stiff competition 7-5 7-5 7-6 (7-5).
During the game, the 24-year-old American hit 11 aces and 50 winners and made 27 unforced errors.
The win improves his season record to 12-10 overall and 8-5 on clay. He reached his fourth career final at the Estoril Open but had not won a match since losing to Sebastian Baez in that final. He finished Tuesday’s three-match sled. It remains to be seen whether he can build on this start.
Goffin defeats Lehcka
World No. 48 David Goffin reached the second round of the Paris Major for the seventh time in his career after beating Czech Jiri Lehecka in four sets on Tuesday.
Goffin should have nerve closing sets after suffering a double breakup in sets one and three. But eventually he regrouped and took both sets. With Lehecka in second place things got interesting in the fourth as both traded an early break. But the Belgian got the decisive break in the seventh game and then held the 6: 4, 4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4 victory.
Goffin, who will be 17-13 in 2022, has been in decent form on clay this year. He won his sixth ATP title in Marrakech and has an 11-4 record on the surface this year.
For him, clay was the most productive surface. In his 10 previous appearances at the French Open, he reached the quarterfinals in 2016. Can he keep his form in this year’s edition?
Tiafoe v Goffin prediction and tip
After going through a rough patch for months, Goffin seems to have regained his form over the past two months. Expect tight competition on Thursday with more than three sets deciding the contest. Goffin has a good chance of knocking out the seeded Tiafoe.
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