Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev Predictions
The two opening winners of the week collide on Tuesday, as Roger Federer takes on German Alexander Zverev. These two got off to the perfect start this week with an opening match win, and the winner of this match knows that might be enough to qualify for the semi-finals. This is a big match for both because they both know a win would take all the pressure off heading into their final group match. Alexander Zverev had the debut to remember on Sunday, as the German won his first ever ATP Finals match, while Roger Federer got off to a solid start as he looks to win this title for an amazing seventh time. This has the potential to be one of the matches of the of the tournament, as two of the three best players of the season collide. Will Federer continue his momentum or will Zverev put a dent in his title hopes?
Roger Federer did what Roger Federer does best on Sunday, he wins tennis matches. The Swiss great got his fifteenth appearance at these ATP Finals off to the perfect start with a straight-sets win over American debutant Jack Sock. Federer didn’t produce anything special, but he was solid enough to close out a comfortable victory in a last set tiebreak. After a sensational season for the thirty-six-year-old Federer will be looking to end his season in style by claiming an incredible eighth title of the year, but it’s not going to be easy. While the nineteen-time grand slam champion has looked almost unbeatable at times this season, Zverev is one of only a handful of players who’s managed to beat him. Federer will be aware of this and he’ll be looking to exact revenge when the two meet here. Can Federer make it two wins from two and all but seal his semi-final spot?
Alexander Zverev continued his fantastic season with a debut win at these Finals, as the German continues to get better and better. Alexander Zverev was by far and away the best under-21 player this year, but he opted against participating in last week’s Next Gen Finals as he looked to rest up ahead of these Finals, and it appears to have been the right decision. The German began his quest for a first Finals title with a three-set victory over former US Open champion Marin Cilic on Sunday, as the twenty-year-old got off to the perfect start in London. After winning the first set, Zverev dropped the second to Cilic, but he remained calm and came back to win the final set, showing how much he’s improved this year. While he might not have been in the best form coming into this tournament, Zverev has been one of the outstanding players this year and he’s been rewarded for all of his hard work, as the German is now up to number three in the rankings. Can Zverev stun Federer and win his second game in London?
These two have met on four occasions in the past, with all four of them coming in the last two seasons. The pair have split these four meetings with two wins apiece, with neither yet able to record successive victories against the other. In 2017 they’ve each won one of their two matches, with both matches being finals. Federer won their Halle open final comfortably back in June, while Zverev won their Canadian Masters final back in the August. Federer picked up a back injury midway through that final, as Zverev went on to secure a straight-sets victory over the tennis great. Federer’s fit now and with Zverev returning to top form we should be in for a cracking match this time around, with both desperate to record their second victory of the week. Who will move one step closer to securing a semi-final spot?
I’m expecting this to be a fantastic match, in what is a vitally important game for both. I can’t see either running away with it, but in the end I see Roger Federer using his experience to get over the line against the young German. They both played well in the opening matches and both know this will probably be their most difficult game of the group, so both will think a win here should be enough to help them secure top spot. I also think Roger was in the better form coming into this tournament, and after taking an extra week’s rest to be fully fit for this tournament, I can’t see him being beaten easily. It will take a mammoth performance to stop Federer this week, but I can’t see it being here. I expect a high quality match, with Federer just edging it by a 2-1 score line.