Kwon Soon vs Tiafoe: does the Korean player have a chance?
On July 25, Soon Woo Kwon goes against Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics. What to expect from this match? Our answer is in the prediction below.
This season, Kwon played very few matches on hard, although it was on this surface that he once showed his best results, especially in Asia. For example, in 2019, he won the Challengers in Seoul and Yokohama, and also played in the semifinals of the Gwangju Open. Power serve and good actions on the base line make the Korean a formidable opponent. He showed good results on grass, too: played in the semifinals in Eastbourne and got to the second round of Wimbledon.
At one time, Tiafoe was showing very quick progress, and it seemed that Frances would soon get into the top 20 of the ATP ranking. But after a series of successful matches, the American just lost it. He even almost dropped out of the top hundred. At the moment, Frances is the World's 53rd best tennis player, and he continues to search for his game. Sometimes he even wins tournaments, like the recent challenger in Nottingham. But his winning streak never lasts.
Five tie-breaks were played in the last four matches of the Korean on hard.
In 4 of the last 5 matches of Tiafoe, no more than nine games were played in the first set.
Despite the status of the favourite, Tiafoe probably won't get an easy victory. The lack of stability might play a trick on him. Kwon has a fairly strong serve, which should help the Korean tennis player in the upcoming match.
Our prediction - total over 23 games.
In all of his last matches, Kwon fought hard, and even if he lost, he either won at least a set or played a tie-break. We expect a close match and suggest playing a positive handicap to the Korean tennis player.
Second prediction - handicap of (+3) games to Kwon.