German and top seeded Alexander Zverev will face Lloyd Harris of South Africa in the quarterfinal of the 2020 Cologne Open on Thursday, October 15. The match is likely to start sometime after 12 pm local time (11 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
This will be the first time ever that Zverev and Harris will be facing off in a competitive encounter.
Zverev Looks to Have Recovered Well
After having struggled through his fourth round loss at the hands of Jannik Sinner at the French Open, the worry around Zverev was if he would test positive for the virus. He didn’t and seems to have recovered well enough to not only participate in a tournament here at Cologne the following week but also start off the way he has.
Facing Fernando Verdasco in the second round, Zverev needed just one break of serve in the first set to claim it, overturning a 40-0 lead on his opponent’s serve in the sixth game. There was no looking back after that as he broke Verdasco two more times in the second set to breeze into the second round with a 6-4, 6-1 scoreline.
Indoor hard court has been one of Zverev’s favourite surfaces with the German having won the year-ending competition on it in 2018, and having clinched his first two ATP titles there as well. Those came at Montpellier and St. Petersburg.
What will be interesting to watch is if Zverev can continue with the same clinical finishing in the matches to come, especially given his illness earlier this month. Zverev, after all, will need to win four matches in as many days to win this title in his home country.
Qualifier Harris in Fine Fettle
After a solid start to the season which saw Harris qualify for the Adelaide International and then take the scalps of Cristian Garin, Pablo Carreno Busta and Tommy Paul en route the final. There, he lost to Andrey Rublev but would have still expected to take a lot of positives out of the tournament showing.
Instead, it was the beginning of a downturn in Harris’ fortunes as he careened from one defeat to another – in the time between that run to the final and before this tournament, he had won just two of the eight main draw matches he played.
Which is why qualifying for the main draw here at the Cologne Open and then defeating two reasonably pedigreed opponents would have boosted his sagging morale no end. Harris first sent Kyle Edmund out in straight sets and then lived up to his favourites tag in the second when he edged out Steve Johnson 7-6, 7-6 to set up this quarterfinal with the top seed.
Zverev v Harris Prediction and Tip
For all of Harris’ fine showing, Zverev would be too powerful to surmount and that’s reflected in the odds. The German starts off at 1/7 to win this, as compared to 9/2 for a Harris win. Even a straight-set win is a mere 4/9 for Zverev.
Tip: Zverev to win in straight sets: 4/9 (bet365)