Aljaž Bedene vs Alexander Zverev
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:00 AM (EST)|
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German tennis superstar, Alexander Zverev is set to open his 2019 Australian Open campaign against Aljaž Bedene from Slovenia.
Aljaž Bedene has had a tough start to the year as he is currently 0-2 in 2019. In his previous match, Aljaž Bedene was beaten in 3 sets. It was a tough match for Bedene as he struggled with his serve. During the loss, Aljaž Bedene struggled with his serving as the Slovenian won less than 60% of his service points. Aljaž Bedene lost 6 service games which made it very tough for him to compete. This is going to be a very tough match for Aljaž Bedene as he is playing against the 4th best player in the world.
This is set to be the second tournament of the year for Alexander Zverev as the German superstar played in the Hopman Cup in Perth. Zverev has looked in good form this season as he led Germany to the final of the Hopman Cup with wins over Matthew Ebden, Lucas Pouille and David Ferrer. Alexander Zverev finished the 2018 season exceptionally well as he won the ATP Finals. There are big expectations for Alexander Zverev and he should be feeling confident as he heads into this match as he has been winning.
Aljaž Bedene and Alexander Zverev have played twice in the past. As it currently stands, Alexander Zverev has a 2-0 record against Aljaž Bedene. The most recent match between these two players was at the 2017 Shanghai Masters where Zverev won easily.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Alexander Zverev to win. Zverev is a far more accomplished player. Furthermore, Aljaž Bedene looks in dreadful form while Zverev is playing very well. I see Zverev getting into the second round with some ease.