2020 Australian Open – Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Zverev taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Wednesday 29th January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Zverev? Sunny spells, 28c

What channel is Stan Wawrinka 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 Stan Wawrinka 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 Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Zverev? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Zverev? Alexander Zverev beat Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

THE LOWDOWN

STAN WAWRINKA

  • 34-year-old Stan Wawrinka took the first set from world number four Daniil Medvedev in the round of 16 and then played remarkably well to come back from 2-1 down to win in five sets.
  • The 2014 Australian Open champion was in sparkling form against Medvedev, whom he lost to recently in a bad-tempered quarter-final match at last year’s US Open.
  • Swiss number two Wawrinka has never beaten Alexander Zverev in two previous meetings but he has taken a set in both matches, including the final of the St. Petersburg open in 2016.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev produced a remarkably controlled display against an in-form Andrey Rublev, dismissing what many thought could have been an upset by winning their round of 16 match in straight sets.
  • 22-year-old Zverev ended the 15-match winning streak of his Russian opponent and was particularly clinical in his service games, facing no break points at all with a 91% win percentage on his first serve.
  • The world number seven has been discounted, and therefore underestimated, by many after a slow start to the year at the ATP Cup but four successive straight-sets victories at the Australian Open brings him back into the foreground.

THE PREDICTION

Stan Wawrinka has not beaten Alexander Zverev before but the pair have shared two close-fought matches, although not since 2017. The popular Swiss shocked the tennis world with his five-set victory over Daniil Medvedev on Monday, especially after a lukewarm first week at the Australian Open, but this might be a double-edged sword. Also out of nowhere has come Zverev’s form, and the world number seven’s dismissal one of the tour’s form player Andrey Rublev is ominous to the rest of the draw moving forward. Wawrinka is a former champion here of course, and has every chance of winning, but the longer this match takes, the more it favours the young German and Zverev just shades this on durability.

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