Becker vs. Zverev
|Date & Time||Thursday June 16, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line Becker +180 / Zverev -220 -- Over/Under:
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Alexander Zverev and Benjamin Becker meet in the round of 16 in the 2016 Gerry Weber Open.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Viktor Troicki that took 20 games to decide. Zverev is starting to find his footing on the ATP level, as he’s won 11 of his last 15 matches, which includes reaching the final of Open de Nice. Zverev’s ranking of 38th in the world is as high as it’s been in his career and he’s clearly starting to turn some heads at just 19 years old. Zverev has been very aggressive with his returns during this hot streak and is hitting a lot of winners. Zverev may be a player to keep an eye on down the stretch, as he’s getting comfortable and appears to have finally found some consistency as of late. Zverev is 6-10 in his career on grass court.
Benjamin Becker is coming off a straight sets win over Ernests Gulbis that took 21 games to decide. Becker, who will turn 35 years old when this match takes place, has struggled with consistent form as he’s gotten older and has split his last 10 matches overall. Becker has to feel good about dominating a top-60 player in his last match, but this still somebody who hasn’t had any real success since making the quarterfinals in Delray Beach. Becker has been consistent with his service game as of late and has a chance to advance if he can continue to rely on his overwhelming power attack. Becker has lost five of his last nine matches on grass.
These two have met twice in the past, and Zverev won both of those meetings. The two matches took place in the 2015 Cincinnati Masters and BMW Open. Becker has won one set against Zverev in his career.
There’s always value in picking Becker due to his power game, and this match in particular due to him probably wanting to win a match on his birthday. However, Zverev is in a groove right now and is in far better form. The athleticism of Zverev could also give the slower and older Becker some issues.
I’ll side with Zverev to improve to 3-0 in his career against Becker.