Number two seed Alexander Zverev will face off Next Gen Star and World No.7 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second semifinal of the 2019 China Open in Beijing on Saturday, October 5. The match will be played at 9 pm local time (2 pm BST). You can find the Alexander Zverev v Stefanos Tsitsipas live streaming options, head-to-head, preview and predictions here.
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Alexander Zverev v Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head
Tsitsipas leads the series 2-1 winning their most recent match in Madrid, and their matches have always been close contests.
Zverev Searching For Second Title Of 2019
Alexander Zverev boosted his chances of qualifying for London with another dominant display in the quarterfinal, beating Sam Querrey in straight sets. The German withstood 15 aces from the American to win 7-6, 6-2 in just 73 minutes.
Zverev is now in eighth position, the final coveted spot for direct qualification, but is only 20 points ahead of David Goffin in ninth position (also playing this week in Tokyo). Following his victory over Querrey the 22-year-old improves to 37-19 for the season – a season where has massively under-performed, winning just a single ATP title.
Aside from his title win in Geneva, Zverev has made the final in Acapulco and before this week, his only other semifinal which was in his hometown in Hamburg where he lost narrowly to Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The second seed is playing in China for the fifth time and has every incentive to surpass his best-result at the event (also a semifinal in 2017).
Tsitsipas Needed As Much Time As Zverev To Reach Semis
Ironically, Stefanos Tsitsipas – Zverev’s semifinal opponent – also needed exactly 73 minutes to beat another big serving American John Isner to advance.
The young Greek was faultless as he dominated the first set tiebreak, hitting eight aces in the contest and winning a whopping 91% of first serve points. Tsitsipas has now strengthened his hold on sixth position in the Race To London as he bids to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time.
The 21-year-old is currently the reigning Next Gen champion following his success in Milan last year, but he has so far risen high and above his contemporaries of his age.
Prior to Beijing (and excluding Laver Cup), Tsitsipas hit a rough patch as he lost five matches on the trot. He had last won a match in Washington, but fell to Nick Kyrgios in the semifinal. That began the slide as he lost in the first round in his next four tournaments, so his good form in China is a welcome relief
Zverev v Tsitsipas Predictions & Tips
It’s a much-needed string of victories for Tsitsipas this week who snapped a five-match losing streak. Zverev’s form in China isn’t too shabby either and I expect this match to live up to its billing between two future stars of the men’s game.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 5/4 (888Sport)