The second round of the 2019 ATP Madrid Masters will have the currently top-ranked German Alexander Zverev going head to head with the 15-year older Spaniard David Ferrer. They will face off on Wednesday, May 8, not before 9:30 pm local (8.30 BST), as the last fixture on the Manolo Santana court. Get Alexander Zverev v David Ferrer live streaming options along with tips, predictions and head to head information here.
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Alexander Zverev v David Ferrer Head to Head
The head to head tally between the two players is currently 5-3 in favour of Zverev. Oddly enough, this will be their fourth head to head clash in this year alone after just four full months of it, as Zverev managed to beat Ferrer in Hopman Cup and Acapulco but the Spanish veteran won their match in Miami Masters second round in March.
Zverev’s Struggles Quite Well-Chronicled
A lot of experts and fans expected Alex Zverev to make a step forward in 2019th and show that he is the next in line to dominate the world of tennis after Federer, Djokovic and Nadal retire as all three of them are at least 32 years old or even older and the German, who already won ten ATP level titles (including three Masters and the Masters Cup ATP trophy), is certainly the most promising player outside the “Big Three”.
His record of 11 wins and 8 losses in 19 competitive matches (not counting Hopman Cup and Davis Cup) is certainly not something he can be satisfied with and his best year to date result are the ATP Acapulco finals where he lost to Kyrgios in straight sets.
His clay scores are even more worrying as he has three wins and four losses on this surface so far this year and he failed to win two consecutive matches on it, which is just awful if we know that he had 20 wins and just 3 losses on it last season (to big names and great clay-courters like Nadal, Thiem and Nishikori), with a title on this tournament and in Munich before that.
Is Ferrer Playing his Final Match?
David Ferrer has announced his retirement from professional tennis before the start of this season and he decided for it to be here in Madrid, on his favourite surface and in the capital of his homeland.
The 37-year-old veteran will be remembered for his fighting spirit, amazing sportsmanship and the fact that he has 27 ATP level titles alongside over 730 career wins on the highest level of competition in his 19 years long professional career.
He has 8 wins and 5 losses from 13 competitive matches of this season and has managed to beat Bautista-Agut yesterday in the opening round with 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to schedule this clash with Zverev.
Zverev v Ferrer Predictions & Tips
Zverev is far from his best form at the moment and will have the crowd favourite Ferrer across the net, who has nothing to lose here and will give his all to try and go out with a bang and beat the young star in this one, postponing retirement for at least another match. This is why I expect a great match between two good players, where one small detail could decide the winner and where we could easily see the deciding third set.
Tip: Over 21.5 games in the match: 4/5 (888Sport)