Zverev vs. Goffin
|Date & Time||Friday May 18, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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David Goffin and Alexander Zverev meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Rome Masters.
David Goffin is coming off a straight sets win over Juan Martin Del Potro that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Goffin won 66 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Goffin only won 58 percent of his total service points and was broken twice, but he was able to escape due to Del Potro returning late in the second set. Goffin has now won 10 of his last 15 sets played and really has yet to play his best tennis, which could be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Goffin has won six of his last eight quarterfinal appearances. Goffin hopes to make a semifinal in a Masters 1000 for the fourth time in his career. Goffin is 0-2 in his career in quarterfinal trips in the Rome Masters. Goffin has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Kyle Edmund that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 70 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Zverev managed to win a tough second set to keep his streak intact, and he won 64 percent of his service points overall. Zverev continues his ridiculous winning stretch and has now won 22 straight sets. At barely 21 years old, this is the best tennis we’ve seen from Zverev at the moment and there’s a good chance he’ll be No. 1 at some point in the near future if this continues. Zverev has won five straight quarterfinal appearances. Zverev hopes to make the semifinal of a Masters 1000 for his fourth straight appearance. Zverev has won 11 straight matches on clay court.
These two have played twice with each player winning once. Zverev won the most recent meeting in Munich in 2016, while Goffin won the 2014 Mons Challenger.
Goffin has been finding ways to win without playing his best, which may be a sign he’s capable of raising his game another level in this match. However, I’m treating Zverev like I’m treating Nadal; not betting against him. Zverev is in such great form at the moment and continues to serve at an extremely high level. While he showed signs of fatigue in his last set, you can count on one hand the amount of players capable of beating Zverev the way he’s currently playing.
Look for Zverev to reach another semifinal.