Alexander Zverev vs. Hubert Hurkacz
|Date & Time||Thursday May 9, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
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Alexander Zverev and Hubert Hurkacz meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over David Ferrer that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 75 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Zverev won 67 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his five break points. Zverev got off to another slow start where he was broken early in the match, but he was dominant after that moment. Zverev still had five double faults and some silly errors here and there, but he looked more like the top-five player we’re used to seeing. Of course, one win over an aging and beaten down Ferrer doesn’t make me forget about his struggles overall. Zverev looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Acapulco. Zverev has split his last eight matches on clay court.
Hubert Hurkacz is coming off a straight sets win over Lucas Pouille that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Hurkacz won 86 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Hurkacz won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his seven break points. Hurkacz got 67 percent of his first serves in play and saved all three of his break points. If Hurkacz brings that serving ability to this match, he gives himself a chance at victory. Hurkacz has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Indian Wells. Hurkacz has three career wins over top-10 players, and all three of those wins have come this year. Hurkacz has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Hurkacz is the type of player who can hit through Zverev, and if he’s on, this is a match he can win. The problem is Hurkacz isn’t the most consistent player in the world and can go from looking great to completely bombing in the very next match. Yes, Zverev has had his issues as well and is somebody I have little confidence in at the moment, but he played well yesterday and maybe that was a turning point to get back on track. There was a lot of positives from Zverev’s last performance.
I like Zverev to make the quarterfinals.