Tiafoe overtakes Kohlschreiber and will face Nadal

The American explosive beat the German (6-4, 3-6 and 6-3) and will play against the Balearic in the second round. Fognini won Millman with a double 6-2. Tsitsipas beat Mannarino (6-2 and 7-5).

If Rafa Nadal manages to beat the promising Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime today, he already knows who he will face in the round of 16. It will be the American explosive Frances Tiafoe, whom he already defeated in the semifinals of the last Australian Open.

LeBron, as they nickname, in reference to the basketball player this young man born in Maryland 21 years ago (37 of the world) for his physical exuberance, defeated in his second round match the German Philip Kohlschreiber, a ground specialist, by 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3.

Tiafoe relied on a good 76% of points earned with his first serve and his effectiveness when he disposed of balls of break (four of five converted) to align to the German in the first confrontation between both. Before he beat Basilashvili in the first round and now he expects a new bone: one of the best players in history or one of the strongest promises today.

Fognini continues with firm step

The Italian Fabio Fognini, recent winner of the Masters 1,000 of Monte Carlo, also advanced to eighth as Tiafoe, in his case at the expense of the Australian John Millman, who did not resist and gave the game with a double 6-2 in one hour and 10 minutes. The San Remo, 31 and tenth seed of the tournament, will now be measured in an attractive match with the Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Tsitsipas also advances

As Fognini, the eighth seed, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas , took his first victory of the tournament against the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in two sets and one hour and 18 minutes of play: 6-2 and 7-5. The one of Athens, of 20 years and ninth of the ATP, recovered to the loss of its service in the first partial and it fitted three to him to the French, coming from the previous one. With another in the twelfth game of the second set, he sealed a victory that will measure him with Verdasco in eighths.

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