World No. 6 Alexander Zverev faces British No. 1 Dan Evans in the third round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, May 6. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Dan Evans match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Dan Evans Head to Head
Zverev and Evans are currently tied at 1-1 on their head-to-head. The Briton won the pair’s first match at the US Open in 2016 before Zverev levelled with a straight-sets win in a Hopman Cup singles rubber in 2017.
Zverev Finds Nishikori Easy to Handle
In a marquee second-round match, Alexander Zverev dispelled fears and silenced anyone who entertained fleeting doubts on his physical condition. The German made it a much more straightforward test than it should have, as he beat Kei Nishikori relatively easily in straight sets.
Zverev had been bothered with a persistent elbow injury in the last month, and his performances in the early part on the European clay left huge question marks on his ability to challenge on the game’s most demanding surface.
However, this was a rare chink of sunlight on Zverev’s progress from his injury nightmare. The German had to remain vigilant not to overstretch his upper joint, as he admitted he is still wary of his service motion.
Remarkably, he did not hit a single double fault in the entire match which was so unlike him. And despite Nishikori’s reputation for being one of the best returners in the game, he only mustered a single break of serve throughout the 65-minute contest.
Evans Continues Fairytale Run on Clay
Coming into this year’s clay-court swing, British No.1 Dan Evans had arguably the worst record of any player inside the top 100 on the dirt.
With two main draw wins on clay prior to Monte Carlo, Evans showed his true mettle at the Principality. He produced the performance of his short career as he picked up unlikely wins over Dusan Lajovic, Hubert Hurkacz, Novak Djokovic, and David Goffin.
Nothing seems to faze him as his versatile approach continues to pay dividends. Evans has summoned the innate belief he could actually challenge the best players in the world on any surface. And given the high altitude in Madrid, these conditions are perfect for his silky style of play.
Having beaten Jeremy Chardy and John Millman in his opening two rounds, Evans has now picked more match wins on clay this year than alone than in previous years combined.
Zverev v Evans Prediction and Tip
Zverev handled Nishikori spectacularly, but this should be a completely different test. Evans has the ability to impose himself with his craftiness and patience. The Brit looks decent value to at least take a set here.