Defending champion Alexander Zverev will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Nitto ATP Finals on Wednesday.
Zverev won the event last year, and he has started it this time with a bang. He faced world number one Rafael Nadal in his first game and beat the Spaniard 6-2, 6-4. Nadal had recently regained the top spot, and he is looking for his first ATP Finals title. But Zverev proved to be too much for him in the opening match. The German won an impressive 88% of the points on his first serve, which paved the way for the win.
He converted three out of his four break points and did not concede a single one to Nadal. Zverev served really well throughout and had 11 aces in the match. He was beaming after the game. “It was obviously great,” Zverev said after the win. “This means everything to me. I was looking forward to it. The goal at the start of the season is to play here in London.”
Zverev’s last tournament was the Paris Masters where he went out in the round of 16 at the hands of Denis Shapovalov. He has won one title this year, and it came at the Geneva Open in May. Zverev beat Nicolas Jarry on clay to claim the prize. His current ranking is seventh, and he could bump that up in the coming week or so. Zverev is the only participant in London who has not reached a single Grand Slam semi-final this season. The quarter-final at the French Open was his best performance, but he is not shying away despite that.
Tsitsipas also started his Finals tournament with a win. He faced Daniil Medvedev in the first match and beat him 7-6 (5), 6-4. Medvedev has been on a tear in the second half of the year, and it was an impressive won for Tsitsipas. The Greek won 89% of his points on the first serve and converted one break point in the match. It was a very close game, and Tsitsipas won just four more points overall.Embed from Getty Images
The two share a rivalry of sorts, and the win had greater meaning for Tsitsipas. He claimed the break of serve later in the second set to seal the win. “It means more than extra. Our chemistry definitely isn’t the best,” he said after the game.
In the head to head record with Zverev, Tsitsipas carries the advantage. The two have met four times so far, and Tsitsipas has won three of those encounters. Zverev won the first clash, but the Greek has rattled off three wins in a row. The last of those came in Beijing this year on a hard court.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev Prediction
Tsitsipas will be the favorite against Zverev, but both players should claim a set each. The Greek has a great record against the German and the same should continue. Tsitsipas’ defence is recognized, and Zverev won’t be able to handle it in the end.