Zverev vs. Anderson
|Date & Time||Sunday August 6, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kevin Anderson and Alexander Zverev meet in the final of the 2017 Citi Open.
Kevin Anderson is coming off a straight sets win over Jack Sock that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 73 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Anderson has won eight of his last 10 sets played and is coming off a match in which he won 40 percent of his return points and all five break points. Everybody knows about Anderson’s serving ability, but he’s that much tougher to beat when he’s keeping the return in play and stealing points. Anderson is playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him in awhile and this play could turn things around for the 31-year-old. Anderson hopes to win his fourth career title and first since the 2015 Winston-Salem Open. Anderson is is 3-6 in final appearances on hard court. Anderson has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Kei Nishikori that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 94 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has won his last seven sets and has been dominant both on his serve and return. Zverev has dropped just seven first serve points in his last two matches and has been broken just once in his last three matches. Zverev is starting to prove that he’s going to be a serious threat in big tournaments probably a bit sooner than many expected. Zverev hopes to win his fourth title this season and fifth for his career. Zverev is 2-0 in final appearances on hard court. Zverev has matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Zverev has won both matches. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match he won in three sets.
Anderson is quietly starting to look like the Anderson of old, but Zverev is tapping into his potential big time right now and I doubt Anderson has the overall shotmaking to match in this spot. Zverev is too sharp, too athletic and too powerful. This is the first time in a while Anderson has looked this good, and I question if he can keep it up.
I like Zverev to cruise here in straight sets.