Twenty Time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal plays German Next Gen star Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the 2020 Paris Masters. The match is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th and the exact time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev Head to Head
This will be the seventh meeting between the two players with Nadal leading the head-to-head 5-1. Zverev’s only win was on the indoor courts last year at the ATP Tour Finals in London.
Nadal’s Experience Sees Him Through Again
It has been an interesting switch of surfaces for world number two Rafael Nadal, since winning his 20th Grand Slam at the French Open a few weeks ago, in what was a delayed end to the clay court season. The indoor swing has always been a challenge for Nadal, evidenced by none other than the fact that he has never won the Masters 1000 titles at Shanghai or Paris and nor has he won the year end ATP Tour Finals.
Not surprisingly, Nadal has not been his clinical self this week, some of it being attributable to the quick change from the Parisian clay and some to the fact that indoors is not his stronghold. Two of the three matches this week, both against compatriots Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta went to deciders after Nadal lost the first set. However, his experience and that too especially in tight situations helped him pull through on all occasions.
In the quarter-finals against the in-form Carreno Busta, it was a two-hour and 14 minutes tussle, with Busta taking the opening set 6-4, and Nadal having to fight back for a close 7-5 win in the second before breezing through 6-1 in the decider. It was an aggressive display by the lower ranked Spaniard, but eventually Nadal began to return better and take control of the match.
With his first ever title at Bercy two wins away, Nadal knows it will not be easy with the likes of Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, and Milos Raonic among the semi-finalists.
Zverev Winning Run Continues
It has been an interesting return to tennis for Zverev after the Covid-19 hiatus ranging from a good run at the US Open where he lost the final by inches, to back-to-back titles at Cologne, to off court drama in recent weeks in his personal life.
He seems to have managed to separate the on-court and off-court worlds, perhaps well guided by coach David Ferrer as he has had a good run this week. Starting off with a convincing win against Miomir Kecmanovic, the German was pushed by the uncanny Adrian Mannarino in his third round encounter, where the players split two intense tiebreaks before Zverev showed his increasing maturity to win the decider 6-4.
In the quarter-finals against veteran Stan Wawrinka, who was also having a good week, Zverev came out in clinical touch breaking twice for a 6-3 first set win. Although Wawrinka broke early in the second, the German broke him back just as the Swiss was serving for the set, taking the set into the tie-break, which he won 7-1.
The latter part of 2020 has definitely evidenced Zverev’s maturity and consistency and he will now hope to end the year on a positive note, going into the Tour Finals in London.
Nadal v Zverev Prediction And Tip
Both players have been in good touch and this promises to be an exciting final. Although Nadal may not be at the levels that he was at Roland Garros last month, one does not undermine him anywhere and most definitely not in the semi-finals of a Masters 1000. On the other hand, it has been a good season indoors for the young German. A tight tussle on the cards, but the Nadal experience will prevail in two tight sets.
Tip: Nadal to win in 2 sets: 11/4 (bet365)