Draper will look to continue his consistent efficiency on return while Borges will look to maintain a high first serve percentage.
Playing Styles and Prediction
Borges enters Winston-Salem on a five match losing streak with his last victory coming at the Nottingham Challenger. The Portuguese player has thrived on faster surfaces which was evident earlier in the year when he won the Phoenix Challenger and qualified for the Masters 1000 event in Miami. Now Borges looks to improve his form as he looks to break into the top 70 in the world.
Draper will gradually look to build confidence and play with margin on serve while using his powerful forehand to dictate the tempo of the rallies. Meanwhile Borges will look to use his serve as the main focal point as he looks to construct points effectively using depth and angles. This is a nice match for Draper to begin with as it shouldn’t require an awful lot of physical energy or fatigue to win this match as long as the Brit can remain consistent with his approach.
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