Alexander Zverev of Germany will battle Alex de Minaur of Australia in the second round of the 2021 Vienna Open on Thursday, October 28. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Alex de Minaur match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Alex de Minaur Head to Head
Zverev and de Minaur have featured in as many as five career head-to-head outings, with the German holding an emphatic 4-1 lead over the latter. Their last meeting came in the round robin stages of last year’s ATP Cup, with the Australian winning in three sets.
Zverev the Man to Beat in Vienna
Season 2021 has been one to remember for Zverev, with four Tour titles providing the perfect icing to a robust win/loss record of 47/13. The last of his Tour titles this year came at the prestigious Cincinnati Masters. It was his second Masters 1000 title this year after Madrid.
After landing the Cincinnati crown with the defeat of big-hitting Russian Andrey Rublev in the final, the lanky German went into the US Open hoping to go one better than last year and win his maiden Grand Slam.
A firm title favorite going into the event, Zverev seemed to be on course to lifting his first Major crown after powering through to the semifinals following a streak of wins.
However, he ran into his nemesis at the Australian Open, World No.1 Novak Djokovic, in the semifinals and suffered a similar fate despite taking the Serbian to five sets.
After playing a stellar role in helping Team Europe defending its Laver Cup title this year, Zverev kept his purple patch going at the Indian Wells Masters, reaching the quarter-finals with three back-to-back wins over young American Jenson Brooksby, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and veteran Frenchman Gael Monfils.
However, his campaign was cut short in the last eight by Taylor Fritz, as the American showed iron resolve to fight off a stiff challenge from the German and get over the line in three sets.
With his sights firmly set on more silverware in the Austrian capital, the current World No.4 launched his Vienna Open campaign with a signature takedown of Serbian Filip Krajinovic.
Between him and a place in the quarter-finals stands canny Australian Alex de Minaur. While the Aussie trails the German 1-4 on the head-to-head count, Zverev would be wary of a slip-up of the kind that cost him the ATP Cup tie against de Minaur last year.
De Minaur Seeking to Salvage Faltering Season
The season certainly hasn’t gone the way de Minaur thought it would starting out. Though he has two titles against his name this season, the run of results, especially in the latter half of the season doesn’t do justice to his talent.
Since crashing out of the US Open in the first round after losing to Taylor Fritz, his fortunes and run of results have hurtled southwards, with a series of modest returns across events.
After suffering back-to-back opening-round defeats at the Moselle Open and in Sofia, the 32nd-ranked Australian finished in the last 16 at Indian Wells after losing to current World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Another indifferent showing saw him go out in the opening round at Antwerp after losing in straight sets to rising American star Brandon Nakashima.
Seeking to salvage his reputation and get his faltering season back on the rails, the Aussie opened his Vienna campaign with a typically gutsy win over veteran South African Kevin Anderson.
The win saw him set up a second-round showdown with in-form German Zverev. While the task of going past the current World No.4 is nothing short of daunting, what makes it even more difficult is the fact that he has just one win in five head-to-head outings against the German.
Zverev v de Minaur Prediction and Tip
While Zverev will go into this second-round clash as the overwhelming favorite with a superior ranking and head-to-head record, de Minaur would be eyeing a turnaround in a struggling season from this match.