2019 Shanghai Masters – Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev taking place? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai, China

When is Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Saturday 12th October, 2019 - not before 13:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev? Sunny, 24c

What channel is Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev? http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Matteo Berrettini beat Alexander Zverev 7-5, 7-5

MATTEO BERRETTINI

  • Matteo Berrettini overcame fourth seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets in their quarter-final match having come through a close-fought tie-break.
  • The Italian’s powerful forehand was too much for Thiem, who seems to have been tiring at this tournament as the rounds went by, and he puts himself in good stead for ATP Finals qualification by reaching the semi-finals here.
  • The 23-year-old was the winner the last time he faced Alexander Zverev in the second round of the Italian Masters on clay, with the German winning the same match-up the year before.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev put in a masterful performance to beat world number three and second seed Roger Federer in their quarter-final in three sets.
  • 23-year-old Zverev was unplayable at times and the level of his performance was especially impressive seeing as he took the first set and then had to defend against a resurgent Federer, seeing out a tense and erratic last few games in the third set as the Swiss argued with the umpire.
  • The German number one seems to be in the best form of 2019 and if he makes it through this semi-final with Berrettini, who must not be underestimated, he will face either of the two other players on an upward curve in Tsitsipas and Medvedev.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these players, and indeed all four semi-finalists at the Shanghai Masters, have shown themselves to be in excellent form and definite top 10 ever-presents over the next few years. Matteo Berrettini is the only player not yet qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, but he can’t be far off after a largely dominant win over Dominic Thiem. Despite beating Alexander Zverev the last time they met, he will remain the underdog here, which may well be how he likes it. However, Zverev comes into this semi-final having just won his fourth game over Roger Federer. He is now one of a few players ever to have a positive record over the Swiss, and he played like it on Friday. This should be a powerful battle between the two, but the German looks the stronger at this stage.

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