The second round action at the 2020 Cologne Open will have German top seed Alexander Zverev taking on Spanish veteran Fernando Versaco on Thursday, October 15. The exact match time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Fernando Verdasco match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
The players have met five times on the tour, with Zverev leading the head-to-head, 3-2 currently. Their last meeting was earlier this year in the third round of the Australian Open, which was won by Zverev comfortably in straight sets.
Zverev Looking For Strong End to Season
Alexander Zverev has always been the Next Gen star with plenty of promise, but for the last couple seasons has not quite managed to live up to this tag in the majors. The year end ATP finals saw him making the semi-finals, followed by another semi-final performance at the Australian Open and a close miss to Dominic Thiem in the US Open final three weeks ago.
With a relatively comfortable draw at the French Open until the quarter-finals, Zverev was expected to coast through week one. However, he had his fair share of ebbs and flows in the first week until he ran into rising Italian teenager Jannik Sinner in the round of 16, on the middle Sunday. Running a fever, Zverev was not quite himself, and Sinner playing with utmost confidence and was in good form, defeating the German in four sets to make the quarter-finals in his first ever French Open.
Having just qualified for the year-end Tour Finals at the O2 arena in London, Zverev will be looking to end the season strong with consistent results over the next month. With two weeks of tennis in Cologne in his home country coming up, the German will be hoping to get good match practice and positive results heading into November for the Paris Masters 1000 and try to regain the Tour Finals trophy he won in 2018.
Verdasco Looking For Another Win v Murray
Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, currently ranked just within the top 50, was once ranked within the top ten in the world. He has been on the tour for close to a decade and a half, and has been a consistent performer. A regular member of the top 20-30 of the ATP world rankings, Verdasco has throughout his career come up with many an impressive result against some of the best contenders on the tour.
The Spaniard started the year aiming for better results this year, but in addition to a round of 32 Australian Open loss against Zverev, Verdasco incurred some disappointing losses this season at tournaments like Doha and Cordoba, right before the Covid-19 hiatus.
Upon his return to the tour since the pandemic break, the Cologne Open opener against Andy Murray was his first match tour outside of qualifiers. Coming into the match 3-13 on the head-to-head, but having won the last two matches against the Briton, Verdasco used his big forehand to control play on the slow Cologne court pushing Murray back and forcing him to defend.
Saving break points each time he attempted to close sets, the Spaniard mixed aggression with gritty defense and hung in for an unexpected but impressive straight set victory outlasting Murray 6-4, 6-4.
Zverev v Verdasco Prediction and Tip
Their head-to-head suggests this has been a close rivalry for the few instances that they have met. However, despite having defeated Murray convincingly, Verdasco is low on match practice and runs into top seed Zverev who has had a fair run this Fall, including being the US Open runner-up.
A decent contest with some good groundstrokes, but expect Zverev to win in straight sets.
Tip: Zverev to win in straight sets: 8/11 (bet365)