Frances Tiafoe’s stock has consistently risen over the last three years. True to his self-assigned hashtag, #BigFoeOnTheComeUp—a personal 21st-century slogan for the Instagram age—”Big Foe” is making waves in the tennis world. Tiafoe, who has a contagious enthusiasm, has rapidly become a fan favourite. His hustle and passion have earned him the respect of his peers, while his shot-making and NBA-style victory celebrations have made him a must-see.
Tiafoe made his pro debut in 2015, finishing the year as world No. 180 and the youngest guy in the ATP Top 200 rankings. In January 2017, he broke into the Top 100 for the first time in his career, rising to No. 79 by the end of the season. The 21-year-old broke into the Top 50 for the first time last July after reaching the third round of Wimbledon, and he concluded the year at No. 39, one spot lower than his personal best. Tiafoe rose to No. 30 at the end of January after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2019 Australian Open, and he peaked at No. 29 two weeks later.
The American tennis player has had a hard time beating Alexander Zverev in his career so far. The two have faced each other seven times and the German has won six of those encounters.
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Denis Shapovalov has had the better of Tiafoe so far, winning the majority of the matches in which they have faced each other. The Canadian holds four victories in six matches against the American.
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Much like his rivalry against Zverev, Tiafoe has only managed to record one victory against Kevin Anderson. The South African has won four of their five encounters so far.
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