Tiafoe Breaks Losing Streak, Made To Work In Antwerp

Frances Tiafoe improved his chances of qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals for the second consecutive year on Wednesday at the European Open.

The 21-year-old American was forced to work hard to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 7-6(7), 6-3 in one hour and 39 minutes to break a three-match losing streak. He will play another German, Jan-Lennard Struff, in the Antwerp second round.

Tiafoe, who has reached four ATP Tour semi-finals this season, recovered from 1-4 down in the first set and saved set points at 4-5, 15/40, then at 4/6 and 6/7 in the tie-break. Tiafoe closed out on his third set-point chance and won the first three games of the second set.

Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga begin their campaigns at the ATP 250 tournament later today.

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