A focused Frances Tiafoe recorded the biggest win of his career to date with a second round victory over Germany’s Alexander Zverev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
This was the first win over a top 10 player for the JTCC alumnus. Zverev, who is #7 in the ATP world rankings, came into the match with a 10-match win streak and back-to-back championships at the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington, DC and the ATP 1000 Coupe Rogers in Montreal, Canada.
Tiafoe consistently put his opponent under pressure winning 69% of his second serve returns resulting in six service breaks against Zverev during the two-hour contest.
The 19-year-old gained revenge for two prior losses to Zverev earlier in 2017 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. With the win, Tiafoe will move up a minimum of 20 spots from his current #87 ATP world ranking.
Tiafoe faces world #19 John Isner in the Round of 16 on Thursday in the third match on center court at 3 pm EST. The two battled at the 2016 US Open where Tiafoe claimed the opening two sets against the veteran American before ultimately succumbing in a 5th set tiebreak.
“Frances has been on the verge of a breakthrough success all year,” said JTCC Senior Director of High Performance, Frank Salazar, who coached Tiafoe as a junior. “The confidence he will gain from beating a top 10 player for the first time will set him up well to continue his winning run in Cincinnati and on to the US Open.”