World number 34 Frances Tiafoe, who is seeded sixth in this year’s Mexican Open will take on Australia’s Jordan Thompson in his opening round encounter. This match will be played on Tuesday, around 4 am BST and you can get all the Frances Tiafoe v Jordan Thompson live streaming options here.
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Frances Tiafoe v Jordan Thompson Head to Head
This will be the first time that Tiafoe and Thompson will be going head to head against each other at the senior level.
Frances Tiafoe Looking to Shrug off Mixed Start
The American hasn’t shown any sign of consistency this season and if one were to remove his brilliant showing at the Australian Open, the consistency can only be spoken about in the manner in which he has lost matches. A quarter-final at the year’s first major has been sandwiched by six defeats without a win and that’s a record that will worry Tiafoe.
A Next Gen star who won his first ATP title last year at Delray Beach Open, is coming into this tournament with a first round defeat at the same competition this season. Before that, there were three Hopman Cup defeats, a loss in the opening round of the Sydney International, and one at the New York Open as well.
The thing is, Tiafoe is only 21, and all of it should add up to his experience memory bank and help him mould into a far stronger player – he has all the ingredients, it’s just a matter of how quickly he can assimilate it all and start delivering consistent results.
Jordan Thompson Hoping for a Step-Up
A pointer at what this Australian world number 79 can do can be found in the results at the Challenger level last year when he made eight finals in that circuit. He also won three of them that helped him climb to his highest ranking, before his match-wins at Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open helped him get to world number 61 – his career- best ever ATP rank.
Thompson has fallen off a tad since then, but a good run in a tournament should help him break into the top 50 over soon. The positive for him coming into this tournament is that he is facing a player whose form has made him a suspect and the Aussie could look to take his chances against him.
Tiafoe v Thompson Predictions & Tips
Tiafoe is as short as 1/2 (Unibet) to win this match, as compared to 13/8 by the same bookmaker for a Thompson win. We expect this to be a fighting match though, and that being the case, it could well be a three-setter for which Betway’s offering 11/8.
You can watch & bet on Frances Tiafoe v Jordan Thompson on Tuesday, February 26 here . The match is scheduled to start from 4 am BST.