German player and world number six Alexander Zverev will be up against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the second round of the 2021 Munich Open on Wednesday, April 28. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came at the 2018 French Open and Zverev had won that easily, dropping just four games.
Zverev Coming off Shock Monte-Carlo Loss
A two-time champion at this competition, Zverev has entered the Munich Open on the back of a shock third round defeat the Monte-Carlo Masters having gone down to David Goffin in that round.
What made the loss slightly more difficult to digest for Zverev is that the German fell in straight sets to a player who isn’t too much of a clay court specialist.
Zverev had entered this season’s clay swing having last played on dirt at the 2020 French Open. That turned out to be his only competition on clay for the season if one discounts the ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition tournament, and he was sent packing by Jannik Sinner in fourth round.
A poor start on clay this season too doesn’t help his cause but Zverev should start this match out with a solid chance to come through easily. How he takes that forward in this tournament will depend on how well he begins here.
Berankis Gets Past Favourite Marterer
While Maximilian Marterer is ranked outside the top 200, he had gone into his first round match against Berankis as a favourite. The Lithuanian, however, took an hour and 49 minutes to edge past his German opponent, after getting stretched in the first set.
Marterer was off to a flier with an early break allowing him a 3-1 lead but he lost his serve off the very next game and with no other breaks forthcoming, the set went into a tie-breaker. It turned out to be a long one in which both players got themselves three set-points.
It was at 11-10 that Berankis finally converted his third set-point to get on to the board.
The second set proved to be a lot more straightforward for Berankis. He got a break in the second game and held on to his serve all set, not even facing one break-point and finish it off 6-4.
Can Berankis, who hasn’t beaten a top-10 player since 2016, change that around?
Zverev v Berankis Prediction and Tip
This looks to be headed in Zverev’s direction for an easy win and we could look at the games handicap as below.
Tip: Games Handicap Zverev -5.5: 4/5 (bet365)