Next Gen German star Alexander Zverev plays Spanish veteran Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-final of the 2020 US Open. This match will be played on Friday, September 11 and is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Pablo Carreno Busta match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Pablo Carreno Busta Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between the two players. Their only meeting was at the semi-finals of the 2018 Miami Masters, which was won by Zverev in straight sets.
Zverev Hangs In To Turn Around Coric Match & Record
Number five seed Alexander Zverev has exhibited promise and talent since 2017 and done well to win three Masters 1000 ATP titles.
Over the last year and a half, coaching relationships, indifferent form, serving challenges and poor showings at big matches in majors have all been a deterrent, resulting in him being unable to live up to expectations.
He has, however, managed to string some of that together, being a semi-finalist at the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 arena in London last year, being an Australian Open semi-finalist and now the first German to make the US Open semis since Boris Becker in 1995.
The German had a tough opener against 2017 US Open runner-up South African Kevin Anderson, which went to four sets. Although the next few rounds were expected to be clinical, both Brandon Nakashima and Adrian Mannarino took a set off Zverev, and the number five seed ran into issues with his serve yet again.
Coming into the round of 16, Zverev was up against little known Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and the German did well to prevail in straight sets.
The fifth seed came into his quarter-final encounter against Next Gen Croat Borna Coric with a trailing head-to-head and was off to a scrappy start down a set and 2-4 in the second. However, Zverev hung in and went back to the basics and prevailed in four sets, with the second and third going to a tie-break.
In his first ever US Open semi-final and his second major final, Zverev will be looking to live up to all his billing and be the first of his generation to win a grand slam title.
Carreno Busta Wins Epic High Intensity Quarter-Final
Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta had a promising 2017 and was ranked number 10 in the world by year-end, a season which saw him make the French Open quarter-finals and the US Open semi-finals.
2018 and a good portion of 2019 saw a host of injuries and disappointing losses for the Spaniard, which resulted in a drop in rankings, as he attempted to make a comeback in mid-late 2019, where he did well to win the Chengdu Open ATP 250, among other good showings.
After a disappointing start to the year in Australia and an early loss in Montpellier, Carreno Busta was a semi-finalist at the Rotterdam ATP 500, before the season was paused for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Carreno Busta made a third-round exit at the Western & Southern Open, and was pushed to five sets in his opener here at the US Open by little known Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama.
Convincing second and third round wins followed, with the Spaniard dropping only a total of 14 games, before he ran into Novak Djokovic in the controversial fourth round match which saw the world number one disqualified late in the first set.
In his quarter-final match, Carreno Busta was involved in a marathon back and forth five setter against young rising Canadian Denis Shapoalov. After losing the first set, the Spaniard sealed the next two in close tie-breaks and just when it seemed the Canadian was running away with the match with a 6-0 fourth set win, Carreno Busta peaked at the right time to clinch the decider 6-3.
Carreno Busta is in his second US Open semi-final and will be looking forward to the two day rest after his grueling quarter-final, as he gets ready for Zverev.
Zverev v Carreno Busta Prediction & Tip
The exit of Novak Djokovic on Sunday has ensured that the US Open will see a new Grand Slam champion. The absence of the Big Three here on makes the remaining candidates look at this as an opportunity to push themselves across the line for that elusive major title.
Although Zverev has won the only encounter against Carreno Busta, the Spaniard has looked in good touch and is a resolute, gritty fighter. The German will look to get off to a strong start and serve well, as a long physical battle will suite his opponent.
It remains to be seen how well Carreno Busta recovers after his quarter-final, but Zverev starts as the favorite and should be able to scalp a first major final berth in no more than four sets.
Tip: Zverev to win in four sets: 2/1 (bet365)