Zverev vs. Raonic
|Date & Time||Monday July 10, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Milos Raonic is coming off a straight sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Raonic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 81 percent of his second serve points. Raonic seems to be getting stronger the deeper this tournament goes, as he’s fresh off a match in which he lost just 15 service points and had 55 winners to 26 unforced errors. Raonic has had 20 or more aces in all three matches and has given his opponents a combined 10 break chances. Raonic has to love his chances to make back-to-back Wimbledon quarterfinal trips given his current form. Raonic hopes to make his seventh career grand slam quarterfinal and third at the Wimbledon. Raonic has won nine of his last 11 matches on grass court.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Sebastian Ofner that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 81 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he won 50 percent of his return points. Zverev is quickly becoming the player we all knew he could be, and it starts with having 21 or less unforced errors in all three of his matches. Zverev no longer has as many peaks and valleys in his game, as the 20-year-old is building his consistency. Zverev hopes to make his first career grand slam quarterfinal. Zverev has won seven of his last eight matches on grass court.
These two have played once, which was in this years Rome Masters, a match Zverev won in straight sets. The match took 20 games to decide.
You could make a case for either one of these guys, as they’re both playing great tennis and have the game to push for a final appearance. Raonic is the more experienced and more accomplished player, but Zverev has actually been the sharper player overall this tournament if we’re splitting hairs. It just feels like it’s Zverev’s time to have that breakthrough grand slam appearance, and I like him to get the job done against last years Wimbledon runner-up.
Give me Zverev in four competitive sets.