Egor Gerasimov vs. Frances Tiafoe – Prediction – ATP Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) 30.10.2020

H2H: Egor Gerasimov v Frances Tiafoe – comparison.

Frances Tiafoe is the better all-round player of these two, but Egor Gerasimov’s excellent record in Kazakhstan as well as in Nur Sultan gives him a slight edge in this evenly-poised quarterfinal clash.

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Egor Gerasimov, who lost to Jiri Vesely in three close sets in the championship match in ATP Pune earlier this year, got the better of the Czech in three sets in the second round of ATP Nur Sultan on Wednesday, 4-6 6-3 6-4. It was the big-serving Belarusian’s second three-setter of the campaign as he was taken to the distance by the in-form Lloyd Harris in the first round, 6-3 3-6 7-6. Overall, he has fired 22 aces in these two matches in Nur Sultan this week.

This is the first time Egor Gerasimov has bagged consecutive main draw wins since the restart. His best result in these three months was progressing to the second round in the second leg of ATP Cologne last week, where he won three matches as a qualifier and put in a valiant effort against the in-form Felix Auger Aliassime (in R2). Egor Gerasimov made two quarterfinal appearances on the main tour this February and managed to win one against Soon Woo Kwon in Pune and lost the other to Felix Auger Aliassime on the indoor hard court in Marseille.

Despite the shaky form since the tour resumption, world #83 Egor Gerasimov would be quite confident of progressing deep in Nur Sultan this week as he has played and won a lot of matches in Kazakhstan so far in his career. In fact, three of his six title-winning campaigns on the Challenger circuits came in this country, with one of them coming in Nur Sultan in 2017.

Frances Tiafoe cleared two tricky tests against Corentin Moutet and Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural edition of ATP Nur Sultan, 6-3 6-2 and 7-5 6-3. The American youngster made it to the round of 16 in the US Open last month and won a Challenger title in Parma earlier this month, but this is the first time he has scored consecutive main draw wins in ATP Tour events since losing to Ugo Humbert in the quarterfinal of ATP Delray Beach back in February. Frances Tiafoe seeks his first semifinal appearance at this level (excluding Next Gen Finals) since ATP Estoril 2018, and in fact, he has never progressed beyond the quarterfinals on indoor hard court tour-level events.

Match Info.

Competition: Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), hard (indoor)
Start: 30.10.2020, 6:00 UTC.

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