After a good start to the season and a few notable results on the big stage, Frances Tiafoe's form dropped and he started picking up consecutive early round exits in the second part of the year. The American reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January, before he made his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal in Miami two months later.
As a result of his good start to the year, the 21-year-old entered the top-30 for the first time time in his career as he climbed up to a career-high ranking of No. 29 in the world in February. Unfortunately for Tiafoe, he hasn't been able to maintain the same level of play as he owns a 21-25 record on the year.
"It was tough. Obviously, your head gets a little big, you think you can just show up [at] the big events,” Tiafoe exclusively told the ATP Tour. “I think I learned a lot this year, and it's going to to help me for next year and the years to come." Tiafoe, who won his maiden ATP title at the Delray Beach Open last year, is now ranked at No. 47 in the world.