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14 Jan 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Australian Open – Alexander Zverev vs Aljaz Bedene Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Alexander Zverev vs Aljaž Bedene taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Alexander Zverev vs Aljaž Bedene on and what time does it start? Tuesday 15th January, 2019 – not before 02:30 (UK)

What channel is Alexander Zverev vs Aljaž Bedene on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Alexander Zverev vs Aljaž Bedene in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Aljaž Bedene? https://ausopen.com/tickets?da...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • World number four ranked Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev comes into the Australian Open as an outside favourite to win the tournament, off the back of November’s ATP World Tour Finals win in London where he beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the final.
  • The 21-year-old German is going from strength to strength after the best year of his fledgling career saw him win more games in 2018 than anyone else, with a 58-19 record and four titles in total to his name.
  • In his previous two meetings with Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, Zverev has come out on top, although one of those occasions was an early retirement by Bedene at the Shanghai Masters in 2017.

ALJAZ BEDENE

  • 29-year-old Aljaz Bedene has lost his opening two games of the new year and comes into this match with little form to show having not won since the ATP 250 Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
  • The Slovenian tends to blow hot and cold but did win his 15th career Challenger title at the Open d’Orleans in France back in September.
  • Bedene has never beaten Zverev and has little-to-no recent success against players ranked in the world top 20 other than a win over Pablo Carreno Busta early in the year and a win-by-retirement over Kevin Anderson in Rome.

THE PREDICTION

Rising star Alexander Zverev has taken a well-deserved break after his emphatic win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London back in November, where he finally announced himself to the world stage as a future Grand Slam champion. Despite no recent match practice, the German will be a strong, alternative favourite for the tournament before he sets foot on the court, and should have little trouble dispatching Aljaz Bedene, who has only claimed a set off the world number four in their two previous meetings. Zverev in straight sets.

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