Top seed Taylor Fritz takes on compatriot Mackenzie McDonald in the semifinals of the 2023 Delray Beach Open on Saturday.
After losing to Wu Yibing in the Dallas Open semifinal, Fritz played some fascinating tennis in the Delray Beach Open. He began with a thumping 6-4, 6-3 win against Emilio Gomez in the round of 16 after receiving a first-round bye. Fritz smashed 11 aces in the encounter and also had a win percentage of 79 on the first serve.
In the quarterfinals, Fritz got the better of French veteran Adrian Mannarino in two competitive sets. The American star won the match 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, hitting 8 aces and converting 3 out of 5 break points.
The talented American player began with a comprehensive win against Taro Daniel in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. McDonald followed it up with a fine win against 5th seed Yoshihito Nishioka in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
McDonald produced a stunning comeback in the quarterfinals as he defeated Michael Mmoh after losing the first set. The match ended 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in favor of McDonald. He is certainly the underdog against Fritz and will hope to surprise the world No. 7.
Head-to-Head and Prediction
Taylor Fritz has a 3-1 lead in the head-to-head scoreline against Mackenzie McDonald. It was McDonald who emerged victorious in their most recent encounter in the first round of the 2019 Delray Beach Open.
Prediction: Taylor Fritz to win in three sets.
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