We are in the round of 16 at the Citi Open in Washington DC. Two American players will take center stage when Frances Tiafoe faces Christopher Eubanks. Let’s dive in to find another winning tennis pick.
Christopher Eubanks vs. Frances Tiafoe
Wednesday, August 03, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at Rock Creek Tennis Stadium
What You Should Know
Two Americans take the court in their home country on their preferred surface. Most Americans grow up playing exclusively on hard courts, so the end of the season is a time for them to build up their rankings on their home soil.
Frances Tiafoe is looking to make a run to the top 20, while Christopher Eubanks is trying to dramatically increase his ranking to avoid qualifying for major tournaments.
Players Profile and Analysis
- Christopher Eubanks is a 26-year-old American ranked 156 in the world.
- Eubanks plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand.
- Eubanks has an excellent serve. He stands at 6 ft. 7, which gives him the ability to strike down on the ball and create an impressive pace.
- Eubanks excelled in college tennis playing for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He is a two-time All-American and twice was ACC player of the year.
- Eubanks has never won an ATP tournament. He has won three ATP Challenger tournaments. All of his wins were on hard courts.
- Eubanks is 0-5 in the second-round matches in his career.
Eubanks advanced in the first round by posting a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Benjamin Bonzi. He was able to avenge his defeat against Bonzi at the Newport Open two weeks ago.
The 26-year-old has been playing mainly on the Challenger circuit this year and is 21-16 on the year. Eubanks hopes this Challenger success can translate onto the main tour for the American hard court season, qualifying him to play more ATP Tour level events in 2023.
- Frances Tiafoe is a 24-year-old American ranked number 27 in the world.
- Tiafoe plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand.
- Tiafoe plays the typical American game with the big serve and powerful forehand.
- Tiafoe uses an unorthodox grip on his forehand, allowing him to generate heavy topspin.
- Tiafoe has won one ATP title in his career, the 2018 Delray Beach Open.
- Tiafoe won six Challenger titles in his career before moving up to ATP Tour level events.
- Tiafoe is 3-0 in second-round matches this year.
- Tiafoe is coming off an excellent week where he reached the semifinal in Atlanta.
Who Has the Better Serve?
Christopher Eubanks has the more powerful serve. The edge here is slight as Tiafoe has an impressive serve in his own right.
Frances Tiafoe has the much better return of serve. Tiafoe is seasoned against the huge servers, playing many matches and returning successfully against the likes of John Isner and Reilly Opelka.
Who Is Better From the Baseline?
Tiafoe is more consistent from the baseline. Both players are aggressive and excellent at playing offense. Tiafoe can switch into a defensive mode with more success.
Who Is in Better Form?
Tiafoe has shown better form as of late.
Who Has More Experience?
Tiafoe has more experience at this level.
Last Time They Met
Tiafoe won their previous encounter; he defeated Eubanks 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the 2021 US Open.
In this match, Tiafoe struggled with Eubanks serve to start the match.
As he got a rhythm on his return, he was able to put more balls in play and put more pressure on Eubanks’ service games.
Eubanks vs. Tiafoe: Best Bet for Today
Christopher Eubanks is an interesting player to handicap and the top-rated sportsbooks know it. At age 26, one would think that he reached his peak already, but he does seem to be improving. I will not be surprised to see him eventually make a mark on tour and play ATP-level events at a consistent level. He might end up being a late-blooming ATP Tour regular.
However, going against a player such as Frances Tiafoe, I don't think that he is ready to get the win here just yet. Tiafoe did struggle to figure out Eubanks' serve in their first match, but once he figured it out, Tiafoe's excellent rally tolerance and superior defensive abilities were the difference in the match. In any extended rally, Tiafoe will have the edge due to his quickness and consistency.
Tiafoe is also coming into the match in excellent form. Coming off a strong week in Atlanta, the setup is almost perfect for this Washington run. He played three matches and got good work in, yet was eliminated early enough to be well rested enough to make a run here this week in Washington. Following the ATP odds, I expect Tiafoe to dispatch his fellow American and cover the game spread.
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