2020 Nitto ATP Finals – Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman on and what time does it start? Wednesday 18th November, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman taking place? The O2 Arena, London

What channel is Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman on? BBC Two

Where can I stream Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman? The Nitto ATP Finals will be played without spectators

THE LOWDOWN

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev looked a little out of sorts against Daniil Medvedev in their first ATP Finals round robin match on Monday night, although the quality of his opponent was frightening throughout.
  • 23-year-old Zverev is one of three former ATP Finals champions here, alongside Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas, and his pedigree on indoor hard courts speaks for itself after beating Rafael Nadal at last week’s Paris Masters.
  • Zverev lost his opening round robin match for the first time at the ATP Finals but the world number seven has lost at least once in each of his three campaigns here, including his title-winning one in 2018.

DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN

  • 28-year-old Diego Schwartzman lost his debut at the ATP Finals in much the same way as Andrey Rublev did the day before him and he will be determined to prove himself moving forward.
  • The world number nine will be disappointed that he could not make better use of the early pressure he put on Novak Djokovic after breaking the Serb first before losing in straight-sets.
  • The Argentine has fought tooth and nail to make the cut here in London after Roger Federer’s drop-out opened the door and he has only lost to top 10 players since mid-September.

THE PREDICTION

Alexander Zverev won his most recent title by defeating Diego Schwartzman on an indoor hard court at the bett1HULKS Championship (Cologne 2) last month and in quite comprehensive fashion. The German number one shares a 2-2 head-to-head record with the Argentine, although one of Schwartzman’s victories came way back in 2014 when Zverev was just 17 years old. In fact, both of Zverev’s wins over Schwartzman have come indoors and the now 23-year-old has never conceded a set to him in these conditions. Furthermore, the lack of an atmosphere inside the empty O2 should favour the more experienced ATP finalist, as debutant Schwartzman would likely be the crowd favourite as an underdog in normal circumstances and often utilises that energy from spectators. In a sense, Schwartzman has reached his current plateau just by making the cut for these finals and he will struggle to claim a set from either of the two players left to face him. Zverev should bounce back from a frustrating loss to Medvedev with a straight-sets victory of his own here.

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