Alexander Zverev vs. David Ferrer
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
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Alexander Zverev and David Ferrer meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Alexander Zverev is coming off an early exit in Munich and is in a full struggle where he’s lost six of his last nine matches. Zverev is having issues in all areas of his game, especially his second serve, and he’s coming off a match where he won 35 percent of his second serve points and had five double faults. With just three wins under his belt since Miami, it’s really tough to trust Zverev at the moment and you have to question what’s going on whether it’s a personal issue or an injury. Whatever it is, the German star Zverev isn’t playing anywhere close to what we expect at this point in his career. Zverev has lost three of his last four matches on clay court.
David Ferrer is coming off a three sets win over Roberto Bautista-Agut that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Ferrer won 65 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Ferrer won 60 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. It was a classic Ferrer match where he just gutted out a victory, and he actually served pretty well for a good portion of that match. Ferrer has a chance to win two matches for the third straight tournament. Ferrer has 54 career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming in the last two years. Ferrer has won three of his last four matches on clay court.
These two have played eight times and Zverev has won five of those matches. Ferrer won the most recent meeting this year in Miami, but he lost the previous five matches. Four of the eight matches were decided in straight sets. Ferrer won the only clay match back in 2014.
Ferrer isn’t the player he used to be, but he still has heart and we know he is going to bring his lunch pail to the court and be prepared for a battle. I’m not sure what’s going on with Zverev, but I’m simply tired of trying to figure it out and tired of picking him simply off the fact he’s a top-five player and the issues won’t continue forever. Zverev isn’t worth backing at the moment, so if forced to pick this match, you have to learn toward Ferrer.
It’s a complete fade of Zverev.