World number six Alexander Zverev will kick-start his grass court campaign with a second round match against Ugo Humbert at the 2021 Halle Open on Thursday, June 17. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Ugo Humbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Ugo Humbert Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Zverev and Humbert before this.
Zverev Stretched by Koepfer in Opener
A semifinalist at French Open, Zverev did not have the smoothest of starts on grass but he would be glad to get his opening round match out of his way.
The German number one came through in three sets and an hour and 47 minutes, overcoming Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to seal his second round berth. Koepfer managed to break Zverev two times in the match but it was the world number six’s decisive break in the eighth game of the final set that turned the tide in his favour.
Zverev followed that break by serving out for the match.
Interestingly, Zverev, who has won 15 ATP titles has never won one on grass before this and even his best performance at Wimbledon has been a fourth round appearance which came in 2017.
A turnaround in fortunes is much needed for the German and it could come in the form of a distant run here in Halle before he aims higher at the next Grand Slam.
Can he deliver a better showing against the Stuttgart Open quarterfinalist?
Humbert Coming off Strong Stuttgart Showing
While Humbert’s form throughout this season hasn’t been the strongest, he would be pleased with his showing at the Stuttgart Open where he reached the quarterfinal.
However, in the first round here at Halle, the Frenchman was nearly put to sword by Sam Querrey before he came back to win a difficult encounter in three sets. Humbert overcame Querrey 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in two hours and 29 minutes to enter the second round.
In a match where Humbert was broken more number of times than he dished out to his opponent, the world number 31 managed to keep his head above the water during the tie-breakers.
An early mini-break helped Humbert clinch the second set tie-breaker while in the third, he needed to comeback from a mini-break down to break his opponent twice, before trading mini-breaks again to win it.
Humbert has a way tougher match on hands now.
Zverev v Humbert Prediction and Tip
Zverev is a favourite but he will need to safeguard against loss of focus, especially on a surface he doesn’t quite enjoy. Backing him to win in a difficult encounter.