Roger Federer  vs Frances Tiafoe H2H: Federer leads 1-0
After a long layoff with injury, many wondered whether Roger Federer could salvage that ‘one more’ major and he has surpassed even his own expectations by winning two of the first three Grand Slams of the 2017 season. He now looks for a 20th Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open, which would further pull him away from the rest of the pack for Grand Slam titles won by a male player.
Federer is the favourite to win the title in two weeks, but first he has to come past American bright prospect Frances Tiafoe in the first round. The two had played each other earlier in the year at the Miami Masters, where Tiafoe challenged the Swiss in the first set, but faded away. I expect this match to be much more one-sided in favour of Federer.
Prediction: Federer in three sets
John Millman vs Nick Kyrgios  H2H: First meeting
In a battle between two very different characters from Australia, John Millman faces the fourteenth seed Nick Kyrgios. Can Kyrgios seriously mount his biggest Grand Slam title challenge after such a great week in Cincinnati? There still remains a number of question marks as to whether Kyrgios is feeling at one hundred percent with his ongoing hip problem, but there is no reason why he cannot progress to a first Round of 16 and beyond at the 2017 US Open.
Millman can cause Kyrgios problems. One of the greatest tools of Millman’s game is the fact that he fights for each and every point. A player knows they have been in a great battle and fight after facing the gritty Australian. I think Millman will struggle to make a meaningful winner count against Kyrgios. He has a very good and strong backhand, but the forehand is a shot that does not shoot through the court with as much venom.
Prediction: Kyrgios in four sets.
Taylor Fritz vs Marcos Baghdatis H2H: First meeting
The lack of progress of Taylor Fritz in 2017 has been a worrisome. He was widely regarded as the next big thing in American Men’s tennis after great junior success, a fantastic season at Challenger level in 2015 and a first ATP final in 2016, where he narrowly missed out on a Top 50 ranking.
His ranking has fallen off a cliff since then, but a slight improvement at ATP and Challenger level in recent weeks has given Fritz that additional belief to finish the remainder of the season on a strong note.
Marcos Baghdatis has been around the block and really does know his way around a hard court, having made the final of the Australian Open back in 2006. But Fritz has the power off his serve and through his groundstrokes to truly dismantle Baghdatis at will.
Prediction: Fritz in four sets
Play begins on Day Two of the US open at 11am (4pm BST).
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