Men’s Olympic Tennis First Round – Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu taking place? Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu will take place on Sunday 25th July, 2021 at (not before) 04:30 (UK)

Where is Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu taking place? Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu will take place at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo

What surface is Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu played on? Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu will be played on hard courts

Where can I get tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu? There are no tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu as Olympic Tennis will take place without spectators.

What TV channel is Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu on in the UK? Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu

Where can I stream Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu in the UK? If Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu is televised on BBC then it can be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. If Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun Lu is televised on Eurosport then subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number five Alexander Zverev’s struggles at Wimbledon continued as he lost an enthralling five-set round of 16 match with Felix Auger-Aliassime just over two weeks ago. The 24-year-old has enjoyed an overall successful season so far, though, with wins at the Acapulco Open and a second Madrid Masters title via a thumping win over Rafael Nadal. The German has struggled in the past with representing his country, too, but the conditions in Tokyo should suit his game to a tee and he will be one to watch if he can gather some momentum. In his way is world number 573 Yen-Hsun Lu, the most successful player on the Challenger Tour ever and embarking on his final tournament before retirement here in Tokyo.

Yen-Hsun Lu is currently level with Zverev on one win apiece but it would be an incredible upset to see that rise in his favour here. The Chinese Taipei veteran won their first meeting at the Rogers Cup back in 2016 but Zverev gained swift revenge a year later, conceding just three games at the Miami Masters. It should be similar fare here with the simple option a straight-sets victory for the German or, slightly riskier, opting for him to concede less than 5.5 games in what should be a procession.

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