ATP Cup 2020 – Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on? Sunday 5th January, 2020 – not before 23:30 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas? Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev took the first set from Australia’s Alex de Minaur but lost a tiebreak in the second to ultimately lose his first ATP Cup rubber in three sets.
  • The world number seven could not defend his ATP Finals crown at the end of the season last year, despite beating the world number one Rafael Nadal in his first match, as he lost to Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.
  • Zverev had a rather underwhelming year on the rest of the tour, too, with just one ATP title in Geneva, while a quarter-final exit at Roland-Garros to Novak Djokovic was his best in a poor year at the Grand Slams.

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas had an excellent season last year in which he reached a career-high fifth in the ATP world rankings and won three titles, including in his debut at the end of season ATP Finals back in November.
  • Currently at 6th in the world, Tsitsipas revelled in his opportunity to represent Greece in an international tournament in tie against Canada but ultimately fell short in two tiebreaks against the all-new Denis Shapovalov.
  • Tsitsipas holds a very healthy 4-1 lead in matches played against Alexander Zverev, including all three of their meetings last year at Madrid, Beijing and the ATP Finals in London.

THE PREDICTION

There is no question that 21-year-old Tsitsipas carries the hopes of a nation squarely on his shoulders but with his brother, Petros, in the squad and his father captaining there is plenty of support around him. The same cannot be said for Alexander Zverev, who did himself no favours when he snubbed the Davis Cup for a lucrative exhibition tour of South America with Roger Federer. With the passion points firmly on Greece’s side here, there is also Tsitsipas’ stellar record against the German, who has failed to beat Tsitsipas since their first meeting in 2018. Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff should have made it 1-0 before the start of this match, but Tsitsipas can take this to a deciding doubles.

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