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Hurkacz vs Tiafoe ATP Winston-Salem live streaming, preview and tips - Young guns clash for Winston-Salem semi-final spot

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 23 Aug 2019
  • Hubert Hurkacz vs Frances Tiafoe is live from Winston-Salem around 2.00pm local time on Friday (7.00pm BST)
  • Tiafoe has won both of their previous encounters
Hubert Hurkacz (PA Images)

Hubert Hurkacz continues his quest for a first ATP World Tour title in Winston-Salem on Friday when he takes on fellow young gun Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals.

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In addition to an intriguing clash between Denis Shapovalov and Andrey Rublev, another showdown between two of the sport’s brightest young talents takes place in Winston-Salem on Friday when Hubert Hurkacz squares off against Frances Tiafoe.

Hurkacz is attempting to reach his first ATP final in Winston-Salem, and he’s two wins away from doing so after defeating Lee Duck-hee 4-6 6-0 6-3 in the opening round and benefitting from a retirement against Feliciano Lopez as the Spaniard pulled out injured while trailing 3-6 1-3. With rain washing out play on Thursday, it means the winner of Hurkacz and Tiafoe will have to contest two matches on Friday, with either Shapovalov or Rublev set to be waiting in the semi-finals later that night.

It’s an intriguing half of a draw littered with rising stars, but Hurkacz is arguably the favourite to emerge from it. Ranked No. 238 in the world at the start of 2018, Hurkacz put together an outstanding breakout season on tour last year, with the Polish player currently ranked No. 41 in the world after peaking at No. 40 earlier this month. Hurkacz scored his first tour-level win after qualifying for the French Open last year and beating Tennys Sandgren in the opening round of the main draw before falling to Marin Cilic in four sets, while he would go on to claim Challenger titles in Poznan and Brest and qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan to end the season in the top 100.

Hurkacz has cut that ranking in half across the first half of 2019, taking home the Canberra Challenger at the start of the season before beating Kei Nishikori at back-to-back tournaments in Dubai and Indian Wells to reach the quarter-finals of both, with the latter doubling as his first Masters 1000 quarter-final appearance. The 22-year-old also made the Round of 16 at the Madrid Masters and quarter-finals in Eastbourne, along with the third round of Wimbledon and R16 at the Canada Masters, where he scored his fourth top 10 win of the season over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Hurkacz lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round of Cincinnati last week, but he’s back to winning ways in Winston-Salem - can he claim a first win over Frances Tiafoe on Friday?


Tiafoe hasn’t been forced to play an entire match in order to reach the Winston-Salem quarter-finals, with his first round opponent Jeremy Chardy retiring at 2-4 in the opening set and his second round rival Filip Krajinovic retiring after the American won the first set 6-2. Retirements or surprising defeats aren’t at all surprising in tournament scheduled the week before a slam, but once you make the quarter-finals, players usually realise they’ve got an opportunity to win a title and 250 ranking points, which is sometimes more than they could hope for at a major, so expect to see everyone giving their all from here on in!

Tiafoe enjoyed a breakout season last year as he won his maiden ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach, beating Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapovalov along the way, while he also made the fourth round in Miami, finished runner-up on the clay of Estoril and made the third round at Wimbledon, ending 2018 at No. 39 in the world. The 21-year-old had a brilliant start to 2019, reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open and first Masters 1000 quarter-final in Miami, but before this tournament, he’d only won eight matches at 16 other tournaments, which shows he is still very much a work in progress.

Down at No. 52 in the world, can Tiafoe get something cooking in Winston-Salem on Friday? He’s beaten Hurkacz in both of their previous meetings last year in Washington and the Next Gen ATP Finals, but I give the edge to the Pole in this one. Hurkacz has been a more reliable and consistent performer throughout the season, and although Tiafoe remains easily capable of going on a run at any time, Hurkacz has the runs on the board and will prove very hard to beat.


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Hurkacz vs Tiafoe ATP Winston-Salem live streaming, preview and tips - Young guns clash for Winston-Salem semi-final spot

Hubert Hurkacz continues his quest for a first ATP World Tour title in Winston-Salem on Friday when he takes on fellow young gun Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals.

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