Two young savages among themselves
A duel between two cheeky youngsters of the ATP World Tour has resulted in this second round of ATP Paris 2018. For reasons of sponsorship, the 47th edition of the most prestigious tennis tournament in France is again known as the Rolex Paris Masters this year in addition to the big French Open. Forty-eight of the strongest players travelled to the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy to collect final points for the ATP World Ranking on indoor hard courts. In two weeks, the ATP World Tour Finals in London will be on the agenda, where the eight best men of the calendar year will be given the favour of being able to call themselves world champions for a year.
The 21-year-old German Alexander Zverev has put a very strong season on the floor. Although there were setbacks here and there. His previous year record of as many as 52 wins against 17 defeats earned him yet three more individual titles in the ATP World Tour, which included another major title. At the Madrid Masters in May this year, he secured the big title against his friend Dominic Thiem, before he just missed the title defence of another Masters tournament against Sandplatz superstar Rafael Nadal just a week later in the final of Rome 1: 2.
Nevertheless, three titles from five finals reached a point to a very successful season overall, although Sascha’s Grand Slam record has still not improved. On the big stages of the ATP World Tour. He reached the round of the last eight players only for the first time at the French Open 2018, while in the other three Grand Slam tournaments was always in the third round final. Every time incidentally in games in which the German was considered a big favourite. Doubly annoying, because he also missed the title in a double with brother Mischa Zverev just one day later.
The 20-year-old American Frances Tiafoe has already sealed his first victory at the Rolex Paris Masters 2018. In the 50th singles of the year, he already celebrated his 27th victory (23 defeats) and reached in the 2018 season. A total of two finals in comparatively smaller ATP World Tour 250er tournaments. In Delray Beach, Peter Gojowczyk even reached the first title, while in February this year he left his potentially second tournament victory in the ATP World Tour against Joao Sousa in Estoril.
Head to head: 2: 1
A total of three clashes have been between Alexander Zverev and Frances Tiafoe. The German superstar was able to win the first two duels without loss of a set but lost for the first time in the last clash in the second round of the Western & Southern Open 2017 1: 2 for the first time a match against the up and coming Americans. Frances Tiafoe is partly responsible for the fact that Sascha has never won a match in Cincinnati so far. A tournament balance, which he could bring the German now in Paris, where the world ranked fifth as the only major tournament of the ATP World Tour is also waiting for his first win.