Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Alexander Zverev
|Date & Time||Friday May 10, 2019, 1:30 PM (EDT)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev meet in the quarterfinal of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Fernando Verdasco that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 85 percent of his first serve points and 27 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. Tsitsipas got 75 percent of his first serves in play and saved three of his four break points. Tsitsipas has won all four sets this tournament and has won 12 of his last 13 sets overall. After some hiccups the last month or so, it’s clear Tsitsipas has found the form that had him flying up the rankings at the end of last year. Tsitsipas looks to win three or more matches for the fourth time in his last eight tournaments. Tsitsipas has won each of his last six matches on clay court.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a three sets win over Hubert Hurkacz that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 68 percent of his first serve points and 40 percent of his second serve points. Zverev won 59 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his eight break points. Zverev did everything he could to lose that match, including eight double faults, but he got timely breaks and managed to squeeze out a victory before seeing a third set tiebreak. It’s been a rough couple of months for Zverev, but he’s now won three of his last four matches and has been able to win key games with his return, so maybe it’s a sign of the German turning things around. Zverev has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Acapulco. Zverev has split his last six matches on clay court.
These two have split the previous two meetings, as Tsitsipas won 2018 Toronto and Zverev won 2018 Washington. The last match was decided in straight sets. This will obviously be the first meeting on clay.
This should be a fun match between two young stars who are the present and the future of this sport. With that said, Tsitsipas is in far and away better form and should win this match comfortably. Zverev has been a complete mess his last 15 or so matches, and he did everything he could to lose his last match. Unless Zverev is able to completely flip the switch, he has little chance of advancing.
Tsitsipas reaches the semifinals.