Djokovic vs. Zverev
|Date & Time||Sunday May 21, 2017, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
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Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic meet Sunday in the 2017 Rome Masters Final.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a three set win over John Isner that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 88 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has dropped just two sets this tournament and is putting tons of pressure on his opponent due to ridiculous serving as of late. Zverev is always a threat due to his athleticism and shot making, but if his serve remains this consistent, he's going to be a tough out against anybody and will climb up the rankings quite quickly. Zverev hopes to win his fourth career final and is 1-1 in final appearances on clay court. Zverev has won his last three final appearances overall. Zverev also has seven victories over top-10 players with three coming this season. Zverev has won 12 of his last 13 matches on outdoor clay court.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 81 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic is finding his rhythm at the right time, as he has yet to drop a set this tournament and has actually lost just 14 games in his last three matches. It wasn't that long ago when many were finding chinks in the armour and saying Djokovic may be falling off a bit. Well, Djokovic is looking sharp heading into the French Open and is probably playing his best tennis since Doha. Djokovic looks for his 68th career title and is 13-9 in final appearances on clay court. Djokovic has won 13 of his last 16 final appearances overall. Djokovic has won seven of his last eight matches on outdoor clay court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
It's amazing these two have never played yet, but it's a must-watch for tennis fans everywhere. Arguably the best player in the sport right now against a rising star who could soon have tennis by the throat if he continues to play consistent. Shotmaking galore and great defense from both sides from two of the more talented players in the world. As for picking a wainner, I have to go with Djokovic. Zverev is talented enough to win this match, but he's still young and has slippages in his game that allows less talented players hang around. Against Djokovic, that’s enough to lose. Djokovic pounces on any mistake his opponent makes and makes him pay. It will also be Djokovic’s 30th birthday the following day, so this will be a nice birthday present.
Fun match and hopefully it goes three sets, but Djokovic will be on the winning side.