French Open 2024: Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis preview, head-to-head, prediction, odds and pick

Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis preview - img source - Getty
Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis preview - img source - Getty

Match Details

Fixture: (12) Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis

Date: June 1, 2024

Tournament: French Open 2024

Round: Third Round (Round of 32)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Clay (Outdoor)

Prize Money: £53,478,000

Live Telecast: USA - NBC, Tennis Channel, Peacock | Canada - TSN, RDS | UK - Eurosport, Discovery+ | India - Sony Ten

Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis preview

Fritz at the 2024 French Open - Day 5
Fritz at the 2024 French Open - Day 5

Twelfth seed Taylor Fritz will take on Thanasi Kokkinakis in the third round of the 2024 French Open on Saturday (June 1).

Fritz has been constantly improving his game on the men's tour. He's chalked up 24 wins from 34 matches this season, including a title-winning run in the Delray Beach Open and a runner-up finish in the Munich Open. He also reached the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, where he lost to Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

The American started his campaign in Paris with a hard-fought 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 win against Federico Coria. He then made his mark against Dusan Lajovic in the second round, winning the contest 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Fritz has won 11 out of 16 matches on clay and will be determined to make a significant impact in Paris.

Kokkinakis at the 2024 French Open - Day 3
Kokkinakis at the 2024 French Open - Day 3

Thanasi Kokkinakis, meanwhile, has played quite a lot of tennis on the ATP Challenger circuit this season. He's chalked up a quarterfinal appearance in the Los Cabos Open and a title-winning run in the Sarasota Challenger. He also reached the second round of the 2024 Australian Open, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.

The Australian entered Paris on the back of a quarterfinal exit in the Bordeaux Challenger. He outfoxed the likes of Alexei Popyrin and Guilio Zeppieri in five sets in the first two rounds. Kokkinakis defeated Zeppieri in an absorbing 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2 encounter.

Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis head-to-head

The head-to-head between Fritz and Kokkinakis is locked at 1-1. Fritz won their most recent encounter in the 2018 Los Cabos Open.

Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis odds

Player Name MoneylineHandicap BetsTotal Sets
Taylor Fritz -650-1.5(-300)3 sets (-120)
Thanasi Kokkinakis +400+1.5(+200)4 sets (+190)

All odds are sourced by BetMGM.

Taylor Fritz vs Thanasi Kokkinakis prediction

Fritz at the 2024 French Open - Day 5
Fritz at the 2024 French Open - Day 5

Fritz has learned from his past experiences and improved his approach on the clay this time around. He has a reputation for performing well in Grand Slam events and is poised to make a deep run in Paris.

Kokkinakis, on the contrary, has had a tough season so far on the main tour. He's steadied the ship at the French Open and came up clutch in his first two rounds. The Australian has a solid all-around game and accurate groundstrokes off both wings.

Ultimately, Kokkinakis will need to bring his A-game to the fore to challenge Fritz on clay. If he recovers well and begins on the front foot, he could give the American a run for his money. However, it is most likely that Fritz absorbs the early pressure and solves this riddle in the third round.

Pick: Fritz to win in four sets.

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