David Ferrer vs. Alexander Zverev
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 11:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Alexander Zverev -520 / David Ferrer +380 -- Over/Under:
Alexander Zverev and David Ferrer meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis Hopman Cup.
Alexander Zverev finished the season with a bang in 2018, as he beat Novak Djokovic for the ATP Finals and won each of his last six sets. Zverev has been the most consistent young player in the sport and went from being a guy to keep a close eye on to somebody who could soon be the top player in the world if he continues this success. Zverev won four titles last year and has made 15 final appearances overall since May of 2016. When Zverev is serving well and keeping his unforced error numbers under 20, you have to like his chances to beat anybody in the sport. The next step for the 21-year-old Zverev is to win a major, an area where he’s struggled up to this point in his career. Zverev has won six of his last eight matches on indoor hard court.
David Ferrer is coming off a title in Monterrey, challenger play, which should give him a much needed shot in the arm. The problem is Ferrer has been quickly dropping in the rankings due to subpar play on the main tour and hasn’t shown much promise in turning things around. Ferrer was never the most talented player in the world, he was just really conditioned and played harder than most, but he’s not getting any younger at 36 years old and we’re starting to see him run out of gas. It’s easy to root for players such as Ferrer, but it’s fair to question how much he has left to be competitive in this young mans game. Ferrer has 53 career wins over top-10 players, but only one of those have come since 2016. Ferrer has lost each of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played five times and Zverev has won three of those matches. The most recent match was in the 2018 Davis Cup, a match Zverev won in three sets. Ferrer’s last win over Zverev came in the 2016 Beijing Open. Three of the five matches have been decided in straight sets.
Ferrer isn’t the same player he was a few years ago and has been folded easily against above-average players. Zverev has also had his way with Ferrer in recent matches. There’s just no way you can pick against Zverev in this match, as these are two players heading in completely different directions.
Zverev in straight sets.