Alexander Zverev vs. Lloyd Harris - 2020 Cologne Open Quarterfinal
Friday October 16th, 2020 / 8:00am EST
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Top Seed Alexander Zverev of Germany faces South African Lloyd Harris in the Quarterfinals of the 2020 Cologne Open / Bett1Hulks Indoors. The match will take place on Friday October 16th, 2020. On paper this looks like a mismatch between one of the best players in the world and an inexperienced youngster but does Harris have what it takes to cause an upset?
Alexander Zverev is currently ranked number 7 in the world and is full of confidence after reaching his first Grand Slam Final. It was a heartbreaking loss and we were unsure how he would respond to it but he is looking very sharp and is the clear favorite for this title here on home soil. He is serving very well and has a huge game on both sides, as well as ultra-strong defense when needed. He was very impressive in his straight sets demolition of Fernando Verdasco and will surely be expecting to go all the way here in Germany.
His opponent Lloyd Harris is currently ranked 92 and has had a difficult year this far. After a great start to 2020 he has faltered badly and will have seen his morale lifted with some good wins here in Cologne. He came through the qualifying rounds and then had impressive wins over more fancied opponents Kyle Edmund and Steve Johnson. He has a very powerful serve and forehand and is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the future. However he is facing one of the best players in the world in his home country. He will have to play the match of his life to even keep it close.
Alexander Zverev will win this math with relative ease. He is simply too good for Harris and should break him down without much of a sweat. Harris is very talented and I expect big things from him over the next few years but he isn't ready to beat a player of Zverev's quality this deep in a tournament yet. Alexander Zverev to win this match in straight sets and continue his march towards the title and a top 5 ranking.