Alexander Zverev will be up against Milos Raonic in the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open on Monday, January 21. Get the latest Alexander Zverev v Milos Raonic live streaming options and tips below.
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Next Gen Hopes Zverev Plays Big-Serving Raonic in Fourth Round
World number 4 Alexander Zverev, who has been earmarked as the frontrunner of the Next Gen, and destined for success in years to come, plays giant server Canadian Milos Raonic in the round of 16. This is an eagerly anticipated match-up that is expected to involve some power hitting.
Zverev ended 2018 on a very strong note, winning the ATP Tour finals in London, beating Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic in the semi finals and finals respectively. The German has not been particularly successful at the majors, and it is hoped, that with Ivan Lendl in his box now, we can see a different outcome.
Zverev had a difficult second round against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, going to 5 sets after being up 2 sets to love; but looked more convincing in his third round straight sets win against Aussie Alex Bolt, winning 6-3,6-2,6-2. Zverev will look to serve well against Raonic, and back it up with his strong all-court play, spurred by his two-handed backhand, that is strong both cross-court and down the line.
Raonic; Can He Oust Zverev with His Giant Serve?
The giant serving Canadian, had among the most difficult draws he could have asked for; with Aussie Nick Kyrgios in his opener, followed by 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round.
Raonic, whose career is in the midst of a revival of sorts, after injuries, has proficiency on serve, better than any. With a giant first and second serve, he is never easy to break, and with 91 aces already, his serve is looking ominous.
It will be imperative for Zverev to attack Raonic’s game, primarily his backhand which remains a weakness. Raonic dispatched all of his opponents thus far, on the merit of his serve, and the serving trend can be expected to continue.
The Canadian had a very successful Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2016, but injuries and indifferent form, have been a deterrent since.
Zverev v Raonic – Head to Head
Zverev and Raonic have met twice thus far on the ATP circuit. Both meetings were in 2017, with Zverev winning straight sets on clay at the Italian Open, but Raonic prevailing in five sets at Wimbledon the same year.
Zverev v Raonic Predictions & Tips
Both have had a strong week 1; with Raonic perhaps being challenged more.
It will be battle of the power hitters; with little to choose between both. Zverev having a more complete all-round game than Raonic, may well be the deciding factor at the end.
Expect Zverev to edge the Canadian in five close sets.
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