World number 4, Alexander Zverev has made it into the second round of the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Alexander Zverev is set to play Jeremy Chardy from France.
Jeremy Chardy enters this match having won his opening match in 5 sets. During the win, Jeremy Chary served exceptionally well as he hit 29 aces which allowed him to win close to 90% of his service games. While Jeremy Chardy served well, the Frenchman lacked energy while returning serve and that resulted in 60% of the sets concluding via a tiebreaker.
On the other side of the court, Alexander Zverev was dominant in his first match as he won in straight sets. Zverev received serve exceptionally well as he won 50% of his return points which allowed him to win 6 break points. In addition to that, Zverev had a decent serving match as he hit 11 aces and won over 67% of the points played during his serve. Zverev has been in very good form as he led Germany to the finals of the Hopman Cup. Considering his current form, Alexander Zverev will be confident as he enters this match.
Alexander Zverev and Jeremy Chardy have played 3 times in the past. As it currently stands, Alexander Zverev has the stronger head-to-head record of 2-1. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at ATP Munich where Zverev won in straight sets. Jeremy Chardy’s win over Alexander Zverev was in 2015 at ATP Kuala Lumpur.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Alexander Zverev to win this match. Zverev looks in top form and is a much more accomplished player when compared to Jeremy Chardy. Having recently won the ATP Finals, Zverev looks confident. With all that in mind, I see Alexander Zverev easily making it into the third round of the tournament.