Laver Cup 2019 Predictions & Tips for Day 2 on September 21: Alexander Zverev v John Isner & Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios

There are doubts as to whether Roger Federer will be fit enough to play in next year's Australian Open.
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The morning session of the 2019 Laver Cup day two on Saturday will have Roger Federer taking to court for the first time for a singles match this tournament. Latest Alexander Zverev v John Isner & Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios tips and predictions with their previews along with others can be found below.

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Alexander Zverev v John Isner Preview

In what will be their eighth match-up, Alexander Zverev will be up against John Isner, in the first match of the second day. And the pressure will be squarely on Isner’s shoulders as he looks to get Team World level with the Team Europe. What will make this a tough proposition for Isner is their previous record.

In those seven previous match-ups, Zverev has won six of them, including one of them at the Laver Cup last year. Isner’s only win came at the Miami Masters in 2018, but even after that, he has lost three in a row.

Zverev’s year has been an underwhelming one though. Just one title, and early losses at the Grand Slams have managed to push him down to sixth in the world. That result by itself came on the back of a second round exit at the Cincinnati Masters, a first round loss at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the Australian Open. The good news is he made a decent start to the Laver Cup with a doubles win with Roger Federer on his side.

Isner would love the surface though, indoors, and with his power-game he should have a better chance here than earlier. That said, Zverev did beat Isner last time around when the American was in a much better form and space.

This year, Isner has won a title at Newport but had a 5-5 win-loss record at the US Open series. Zverev will be a favourite here.

Tip: Zverev to win: 11/3 with 888Sport

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Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios Preview

The last time Roger Federer played Nick Kyrgios was at the 2018 Laver Cup and the Swiss maestro tamed his opponent in a straight-set manner, winning 6-3, 6-2. That match had followed a US Open encounter in the third round where Federer was a 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 winner.

Kyrgios’ has won just one of their six matches and that came at the 2015 Madrid Masters, on clay and over three tie-breakers. Clearly, the Aussie has had his moments with some of the other top players but against Federer it’s never been that straightforward.

Federer hasn’t been able to kill off contests, having lost to Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open quarterfinals, and there was that infamous Wimbledon final loss as well. But despite that he has won 27 of his 31 matches on hard courts and has four titles to his name and will be a heavy favourite.

That the Aussie hasn’t yet been suspended has been a matter of concern for a few stakeholders of the game, including Rod Laver himself. Can he win everyone over, other than winning against opponent?

Tip: Kyrgios/Sock to win (Best odds with 888Sport)

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