Frances Tiafoe into the finals at the Boss Open in straight sets

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Frances Tiafoe vanquished Marton Fucsovics on Saturday to move into the Boss Open finals and get one step closer to a top-10 ranking. Tiafoe has to win the Boss Open in Stuttgart, Germany to get there, but he is playing high-level tennis right now and he has an excellent chance of defeating whomever he plays – Jan-Lennard Struff or Hubert Hurkacz – in the finals on Sunday.

On Saturday, Tiafoe defeated Marton Fucsovics in straight sets 6-4 7-6(11) and held off six set points in the second-set tie-breaker to advance. Of course, it helps that Tiafoe not only held serve every time but he also never faced a break point. This is even though Tiafoe only landed 53 percent of his first serves.

Fucsovics, as he had all tournament, controlled his own serve near perfection. He had 14 aces to Tiafoe’s 3. Fucsovics also landed 67 percent of his second serves but in the end, it took only one break of serve to win the match for Tiafoe as he broke Fucsovics in the first set.

Frances Tiafoe moves one step further towards first title on grass

Frances Tiafoe had never played the Boss Open prior to this year (clearly, he would be happy to return after his performance in this season’s tournament) nor had he ever made the semis in any tourney played on grass. Of course, that means Sunday’s Boss Open final will be Tiafoe’s first final on grass. With just a couple of weeks until the beginning of Wimbledon, Tiafoe’s current run should set him up well for the next major.

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If Tiafoe can win on Sunday, he will enter the ATP Top 10 for the first time in his career. If he does well at Wimbledon, he could even surpass Taylor Fritz as the highest-ranked American currently on tour. But first things first as Frances Tiafoe has to win on Sunday at the Boss Open.