John Isner vs Alexander Zverev
|Date & Time||Friday November 16, 2018, 10:30 AM (EST)|
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Alexander Zverev will be playing John Isner in the final round of the group stage at the 2018 ATP Finals.
John Isner lost has lost both of his matches meaning the American will be eliminated following this match. The biggest issue for John Isner has been his inability to win return games which cost dearly in his previous match. Isner was beaten by Marin Cilic in 3 sets after the American won the first set via a tiebreaker. Following the first set, Cilic dominated to match which ended with Isner getting beaten comfortably. In the entire match, Isner only won 24% of the points played while Cilic was serving which made it very difficult for the American and resulted in another defeat. The returning will need to improve if Isner wishes to challenge Zverev but considering the American form, it is hard to see him turning things around since he has no chance of making it into the semifinals.
On the other side of the coin, Alexander Zverev needs to win this match if he wishes to make it into the semifinals. Zverev beat Cilic in the opening round but lost to Djokovic in his previous match meaning the German is in a strong position but needs to win to ensure he is safely into the semifinal. In his previous match, Zverev was beaten comfortably by Djokovic as he lost in straight sets. While Zverev would have been disappointed by the result, it should not be too hard for the German to bounce back since he is still in a good position to qualify.
John Isner and Alexander Zverev have played 5 times in the past with Zverev winning on 4 occasions and Isner only winning once. The most recent match was at this season’s ATP Madrid Masters where Zverev won in straight sets. Isner’s win over Zverev was at this season’s ATP Miami Masters.
Taking everything into consideration,, I am going to pick Alexander Zverev to win this match. Zverev has looked in much better form and should be far more motivated considering he has more to gain from this fixture. With the hopes of making the semifinals on the line, I am picking Alexander Zverev to win this match.