Sousa vs. Zverev
|Date & Time||Friday May 20, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Alexander Zverev and Joao Sousa play Friday in the semifinals of the 2016 Nice Open.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a three set win over Gilles Simon that took 32 games to decide. Zverev has had three long matches and you have to wonder how much is left in the tank for the 19-year-old. This has been a very successful tournament for Zverev who has now won nine of his last 12 singles matches and is slowly starting to make his presence felt as a player to watch moving forward. Zverev is a fighter and continues to come away with big points when needed, as many of his sets this tournament have needed seven games to decide. Zverev can reach his first ATP singles final appearance with a victory here. Zverev is 0-4 in his career in ATP semifinal appearances.
Joao Sousa is coming off a straight sets win over Kevin Anderson that took 24 games to decide. Sousa has also had to put in work with three long matches and has managed to win seven of his last nine matches overall. Sousa is starting to find some consistency and is proving he has what it takes to finally get some big success on the ATP tour. Sousa is a top-30 player for the first time in his career and would love nothing more than to reach eighth ATP final at 27 years old. Sousa hopes to make his first finals appearance since the 2015 Valencia Open. Sousa has won his last four semifinal appearances and hasn’t lost one since the 2015 Montpellier Open.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
This match probably means the world to Zverev given that it could be his first big breakthrough on the ATP level. Both guys are probably a little drained after playing a lot of tennis in their first three matches. Although when it’s all said and done, Sousa is in slightly better form and has more experience in these type of matches.
Zverev’s time will come, but I like Sousa to win here.