Alexander Zverev vs. Radu Albot - 8/27/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Alexander Zverev vs. Radu Albot - 8/27/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Zverev vs. Radu Albot

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)

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Alexander Zverev and Radu Albot meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis US Open.

Alexander Zverev enters this tournament losing three of his last five matches and looking a lot like the player who started the year. Zverev is coming off a match where he got 53 percent of his first serves in play and hit 20 double faults. Zverev has a combined 28 double faults in his last five sets. Splitting his last 10 matches, it’s really hard to trust Zverev and think he’s going to turn it around. When it’s bad for the talented German, it’s downright ugly and he’s capable of losing to anybody you put in front of him. To make matters worse, Zverev has a 50 percent winning percentage at the US Open, his lowest of any grand slam. Zverev has lost in the first round of a grand slam four times in his career. Zverev has split his last four matches on hard court.

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Radu Albot is coming off a second round exit in Cincinnati and has split his last six matches overall. Albot is another player who has had an up-and-down season, but he did make the semifinals in Mexico and just beat a respectable player in Marin Cilic a couple of weeks ago. When Albot has his first serve working, it seems like the rest of his game falls into place and he’s a different player. Albot has made it out of the US Open first round just once in his career. Albot looks for his eighth career grand slam first round victory. Albot has split his last six matches on hard court.

There’s no match history between these two players.

Nothing should surprise you anymore with Zverev, as he’s had issues all year and at this point it feels like it’s a mental thing. There’s no reason to have 20 double faults in a single match. The fact Zverev has his lowest winning percentage at the US Open of any other grand slam doesn’t provide any more confidence. Yikes. With all that said, Zverev should still win this match. Should.

I don’t trust Zverev at all, but if he limits his unforced errors, he gets a much needed victory.

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