World number six Alexander Zverev will take on Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati on Wednesday, August 14. The match is scheduled for 2.30 pm local time (7.30 pm BST) and you can find the Alexander Zverev v Miomir Kecmanovic live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Miomir Kecmanovic Head to Head
This will be the first match that Next Gen star Zverev and 19-year-old Kecmanovic will play against each other.
Zverev With a Golden Chance to Go the Distance
The German, who has had his struggles this season, will see this as a golden opportunity to kick on. Not just the fact he is up against a teenager ranked 58th in the world, but also the fact that his half of the draw has no Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem for a variety of reasons.
In fact, after the first round matches were over, sixth seeded Kei Nishikori, 11th seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut and 16th seeded David Goffin are the only three other seeded players left on his side. Life couldn’t get easier for Zverev as he fights to make it through to his first Masters final this year.
Zverev has won one title this season, at Geneva on clay, but that aside, his struggles have been real. A quarter-final loss at Montreal last week, a first round defeat at Wimbledon and the fact he is yet to go past round two in Cincinnati in five previous attempts will all combine to make it difficult for the German.
Qualifier Kecmanovic Continues to Show Resilience
Kecmanovic’s spectacular rise in the rankings was discussed in our previous preview, and he showed what he was capable of. While we did expect him to push Felix Auger-Aliassime to three sets, what was tough to see happening was a straight-set rout of the Canadian.
A 6-3, 6-3 rout for Kecmanovic helped the Serbian set up this second round match against Zverev, but more importantly adds to his ranking points. He hadn’t participated even in the qualifiers last season at Cincinnati, and this time around, a couple of wins in the qualifying followed by this first round victory gives him a good chance to improve on his rankings.
What should help Kecmanovic is his record on hard court surfaces this season, which is now improved to 20-9 (including qualifiers and Challengers), and that could make this an interesting encounter.
Zverev v Kecmanovic Predictions & Tips
Surprisingly, Zverev is rather long odds at 4/7 to win this one, against a player ranked outside the top 50. This is probably reflected through because of Zverev’s poor form and Kecmanovic’s contrasting recent fortunes but we will go with a Zverev win for this one.
Tip: Zverev to win: 4/7 (888Sport)