World number seven Alexander Zverev of Germany will face off against Frenchman and eighth seeded Adrian Mannarino in the 2020 Cologne Open quarterfinal with the match to be played on Friday, October 23. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. The live streaming methods for this Alexander Zverev v Adrian Mannarino match along with its preview, head to head, and tips have been described below.
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Alexander Zverev v Adrian Mannarino Head to Head
Three previous matches between Zverev and Mannarino have all resulted in a win for the German. The most recent match came in the 2020 US Open where Zverev had needed four sets to get past Mannarino and move into the fourth round.
There has also been one previous match on indoor hard courts, with Zverev winning in Stockholm in 2016 in straight sets.
Zverev Continues Winning Streak
He might have been stretched by John Millman in his second round match but Zverev made it his fifth successive win and 14th in 16 matches to make it to the quarterfinal of the Cologne Open. After bagelling Millman in the first set, Zverev’s sudden drop in intensity allowed his Aussie opponent to level the match at one set apiece.
Millman got off to a flier in the second set, breaking Zverev in the second game and then taking a 3-0 lead. The German did not have any chances to get back at his opponent, no break-point opportunities to take it to the third set.
The world number seven then got his rhythm back in the third, finding a way through his opponent’s defences to take a 3-1 lead. And while Millman got a chance to break back in the seventh game, Zverev saved three break-points en route a 6-3 win in the final set.
Interestingly, Zverev had a similar issue in the previous week’s Cologne Open as well, dropping the second set to Lloyd Harris after having gotten off to a good start. He had admitted he had become complacent and the level of tennis he played had dropped there.
This could be one of those off days when that problem repeated but expect him to find himself his best level again in this quarterfinal.
Mannarino Wasting No Time
Mannarino’s last meeting with Zverev was the start of a horrid run for the Frenchman. After losing to Zverev in that third round match at the US Open, Mannarino went on a further four-match losing streak which included losses in the first round at the Rome Masters, Hamburg Open, French Open and then the St. Petersburg Open indoors last week.
Which is why his back to back victories in Cologne here, both of which have come in straight sets, would be a huge confidence boost for the Frenchman. It started with a 6-3, 6-2 drubbing of Alexei Popyrin in the first round before Mannarino came through 6-3, 6-3 against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in the second.
Mannarino looked to be in an aggressive frame of mind as he broke his opponent in the first game of the opening set, and then made it two breaks in the fifth game which saw eight deuces in all. While his Serb opponent broke back once, it wasn’t going to stop Mannarino from taking the set.
In the second, all that Mannarino needed was a break in the second game and when he had saved four break-points in the seventh, the writing was on the wall for the Serb.
The Frenchman would hope his two-match winning streak, much like what he had at the US Open won’t be stopped by Zverev again.
Zverev v Mannarino Prediction and Tip
Zverev starts off at 1/7 to win this and 2/5 to do that in straight sets. While a straight-set win looks the most likely option, this might have a few games.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6