Novak Djokovic plays Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the French Open on Wednesday, June 5. The match will start not before 3.15 pm local time (2.15 pm BST) and the Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev live streaming options, preview and predictions can be found below.
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Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev Head to Head
The two players have met four times thus far, with the head-to-head tied at 2-2. They have never met at a major and only met once on clay. Their only clay meeting was at the finals of the ATP Masters 1000 in 2017 in Rome, which Zverev won in straight sets. Zverev’s other noteworthy win against Djokovic was at the finals of the 2018 ATP Tour Finals in London, with Djokovic winning the round-robin the same tournament and the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters last October.
Djokovic Inches Closer to Holding All Slams in a Row
World number one Novak Djokovic has qualified for his tenth consecutive French Open quarter final as he continues his quest to hold all four slams together at the same time, a feat he last accomplished by winning at Roland Garros in 2016. Since his injury lay-off in 2017-2018, and indifferent form soon thereafter, Djokovic has come back strong to regain the world number one ranking and winning Wimbledon 2018, US Open 2018 and the Australian Open earlier this year.
Coming in as one of the two favorites along with Rafael Nadal, Djokovic has been clinical in his previous rounds, not dropping a set and looking focused and in good form. Djokovic’s clay season before the French Open, was mixed with an early loss at Monte Carlo, winning the title at Madrid, and losing finalist at Rome to Nadal.
As the challenges get sterner over the course of the week, Djokovic is expected to increase his level and intensity in his quest for the trophy. His next opponent is 22-year-old Alexander Zverev.
Zverev Flying Under The Radar
Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev has been tipped to be the heir apparent to the Big 3 era, along with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and others. After winning three ATP Masters 1000 titles, as well as the ATP Tour Finals, alongside beating the ‘Big 3’, Zverev seemed all ready for Grand Slam glory, having accomplished all of this and being ranked as high as number three in the world, by age 22.
However, 2019 has seen a slump in form with Zverev having multiple early losses since he made the final of the ATP 250 Mexico Open at Acupulco in February, resulting in a drop in confidence levels as well as eyebrows on whether the changing of the guard was really around the corner.
Zverev has had a mixed French Open thus far, with not being mentioned among the favorites, i.e. Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer. After a five set opener against Jon Milman, Zverev had another five setter against Dusan Lajovic, but looked considerably more re-assured against Fabio Fognini in their fourth round encounter, winning in four sets.
With a big serve and a powerful game, Zverev is strong off both wings and has qualified for his second successive quarter final at Roland Garros.
Djokovic v Zverev Predictions & Tips
The players have followed interesting and contrasting paths to get to the final eight. Djokovic has been in his quest for the “Novak Slam 2.0” and Zverev has been in the midst of recovering from a slump since the beginning of the year. While Djokovic has made his way through the first four rounds effortlessly, Zverev has already been pushed to five sets twice, but has looked better every match. While Zverev has the game to beat Djokovic, it is unclear if he has the confidence at the moment and that too at a major. Expect a good contest, with Djokovic winning in four sets.
Tip: Djokovic to win in four sets: 13/5 (888Sport)