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Alexander Zverev vs. Peter Gojowczyk 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Gojowczyk vs. Zverev
Date & Time Wednesday January 17, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
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TV Channel
ESPN
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Alexander Zverev and Peter Gojowczyk meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Thomas Fabbiano that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 71 percent of his first serve points and 51 percent of his second serve points. Zverev played a very clean match in his opener that included 47 winners in three sets, a number that will make him very tough to beat if he can continue to produce at that level. Zverev was a dark horse contender for some folks heading into the Australian Open, but he usually gets bounced early in grand slams, so it’s going to be interesting to see if he can finally get over the hump this time around. Zverev hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time in his career. Zverev has split his last eight matches on hard court.

Peter Gojowczyk is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Gojowczyk won 72 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Gojowczyk is also coming off a solid performance in which he got 67 percent of his first serves in play and managed to produce 12 break chances. Gojowczyk has little to no grand slam success in his career, but he’s off to a great start to 2018, which included a win over Jack Sock in Auckland. Gojowczyk can’t be overlooked given his current form. Gojowczyk hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Gojowczyk has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.

This will be the first meeting on the tennis court.

I need to see Zverev make a deep grand slam run before I consider him a threat to win the tournament, but this is a match he should have no trouble with. Gojowczyk has done almost nothing on the big stage and just produced his first victory at the Australian Open in his fifth appearance. I wouldn’t be shocked if Gojowczyk steals a set with his serve, but that’s all about that’s going to happen.

Zverev wins comfortably in either three or four sets.

Pick:
Alexander Zverev

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