On Thursday, the 2022 Korea Open’s second round will feature a match between Taylor Fritz and Mackenzie McDonald of the United States.
Fritz’s season got off to a strong start with a fourth-round finish at the Australian Open. The biggest victory of his career came in the Indian Wells Masters, where he upset Rafael Nadal in the championship match to end the Spaniard’s 20-match winning streak. The following week, the 24-year-old advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open. Over the weekend, Fritz participated in the Laver Cup, winning his single match against Cameron Norrie. He received a bye into the second round of the Korea Open since he was the second seed.
At the Korea Open, Mackenzie McDonald faced up against Pedro Martinez in the opening round. Later, at 5-4, Martinez served to stay in the set, and the American had a few set points on his serve but couldn’t convert them. McDonald quickly responded with a grip of his own. At 6-5, Martinez served again to tie the score, but this time the 27-year-old was successful in breaking his rival’s serve to win the set. At 5-4, Martinez served to keep the game alive, but McDonald easily broke his serve to take the victory 7-5, 6-4.
Taylor Fritz vs Mackenzie McDonald Match Details
Tournament: Korea Open
Date: September 29, 2022
Venue: Seoul, South Korea
Round: Second round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: $251,750
Taylor Fritz vs Mackenzie McDonald Head-to-Head Record
In their matchup, McDonald has a 1-0 advantage over Fritz. At the 2019 Delray Beach Open, he defeated them once in three sets.
Taylor Fritz vs Mackenzie McDonald Prediction
Fritz will undoubtedly win this match thanks to his serve. He has won the 16th most service games on the ATP tour. McDonald’s serving statistics versus Martinez in the previous round were also rather strong. He pounded down 10 aces, won 83% of his first serve points, and never once dropped his serve. He’ll also need to maintain those numbers in the subsequent round. The fact that McDonald has a poor track record against elite opponents is a matter for concern. In his 21 games against the top 20 players, he has only triumphed in two. This year, he has faced nine of them and has only been able to win a few sets against them. The odds are stacked against Fritz, who is expected to win.
Prediction: Fritz to win in straight sets
Taylor Fritz Last three performances
- Laver Cup: Group stage- b. Norrie 6-1, 4-6, 10-8
- US Open: First round- l. Holt 7-6(3), 6-7(1), 3-6, 4-6
- Cincinnati Masters: l. Medvedev 6-7(1), 3-6
Mackenzie McDonald Last three performances
- Korea Open: First round- b. Martinez 7-5, 6-4
- San Diego Open: Second round- l. Brooksby 4-6, 6-3, 2-6
- San Diego Open: First round- b. Laaksonen 6-0, 6-2
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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