2020 Australian Open – Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev? Light rain expected, 21c

What channel is Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev 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 Marco Cecchinato vs Alexander Zverev? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Marco Cecchinato and Alexander Zverev? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

MARCO CECCHINATO

  • 27-year-old Marco Cecchinato lost in the round of 16 at the Auckland International most recently after winning his first match there against Leonardo Mayer in three tiebreak sets, including a massive 20-18.
  • The Italian, or Sicilian to be more exact, has never won a match at the Australian Open, having qualified for the main draw on two attempts in losses to Nicolas Mahut and Filip Krajinovic in 2016 and 2019 respectively.
  • Cecchinato is one of the more obvious clay-court specialists on tour and rather fantastically reached the semi-finals at Roland-Garros in 2018, which is oddly the only Grand Slam campaign in which he’s won a match at all.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev’s 2020 could not have got off to a worse start after losing all three singles matches as the German number one at the ATP Cup to Alex de Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov.
  • The 22-year-old disappointed in 2019, with just one ATP 250 title in Geneva on clay to show for a season in which he lost 25 of 69 matches and lost in the first round of Wimbledon.
  • World number seven Zverev reached the round of 16 at both the US Open and Australian Open in 2019 which is actually his best showing at this tournament so far.

THE PREDICTION

After his dismal displays at the ATP Cup to start the year on a low, there needs to be a big response from Alexander Zverev with so many players around him gearing up for top 10 contention. On paper this should be a straight-sets win over Marco Cecchinato, who has never won an Australian Open match – or any match at any other Grand Slam other than his anomalous Roland-Garros semi-final in 2018. Zverev is lucky his opponent is not more dangerous here and he should come through unscathed, but it will be interesting to see where his mind is during this first-round match.

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