Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Alexander Zverev
|Date & Time||Thursday August 8, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Alexander Zverev will play against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round of the 2019 ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Nikoloz Basilashvili played well in the previous round as he defeated Jay-Lennard Struff in 3 sets. Basilashvili showed great determination during the win as he lost the opening set but fought back well to win the final 2 sets and the match. During the win, Nikoloz Basilashvili received serve exceptionally well as he won close to 40% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 3 occasions. Considering the strength of Struff’s serve, Nikoloz Basilashvili played exceptionally well to win 3 return games. The serving was also solid from Nikoloz Basilashvili as he won 85% of his service games. Despite his result in the previous round, this is expected to be a tough match for Nikoloz Basilashvili as he is playing against the number 3 seed.
Looking at Alexander Zverev, the German superstar was very impressive in the previous round as he defeated Cameron Norrie in straight sets. Zverev showed great skill as he won 100% of his service games and 1 return game. The serving was especially impressive from Zverev as he hit 10 aces which allowed him to win 66% of his service points. Alexander Zverev looks in top form which will make him very tough to beat in this tournament.
Alexander Zverev and Nikoloz Basilashvili have played each other 3 times in the past. Zverev has won on 2 occasions while Basilashvili has won once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at Hamburg where Nikoloz Basilashvili won in 3 sets. Two prior head-to-head matches were on hard-court with Zverev winning on both occasions.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Alexander Zverev to win this match. Zverev has been in outstanding form and he is a significantly stronger player on hard courts. Alexander Zverev was dominant in the previous round and I see him being good enough to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili in this match.