Tiafoe Off To A Perfect Start In Tokyo Open

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Frances Tiafoe defeated Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Japan Open today.

The US national had took the tennis world by storm when he stunned Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows last month before playing a starring role at the Laver Cup.

Tiafoe said he was “not really feeling any pressure” despite his recent achievements putting him firmly in the spotlight.

“Every day is different, guys may play well and they may beat you – you’ve got to live with it. I’m flying high on confidence and I’m just staying with my process,” he said

Speaking about not dropping any serve, the American said: “I hit the ball well from the ground, I moved well, made first serves when I needed them. It was straight sets, I didn’t get broken – it could be worse.”

Tiafoe who did not lose a single service game against Uchiyama will play Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the second round, who beat Japan’s Taro Daniel 7-5, 7-5.