Sascha Zverev is about to start his campaign in London after a somewhat troubled year. The German sensation was hoping for a great 2019 after he ended 2018 with the prestigious title at the ATP Finals. However, some off-court issues kept him rather distracted and eventually he managed to qualify to London only at the “last minute.”
Currently ranked no.7, Sascha will kick start his run in the UK against the world no.1 Rafael Nadal. Zverev wasn’t too upset with that to comment:
“I’ll be playing against Rafa first I’m guessing. It could have gone both ways, either way. I was going to play world No. 1 or a recap of the final in my first match [vs. Djokovic].”
Talking about the groups, the German commented: “Both very tough groups, it’s going to be interesting how it will go. Obviously it’s the best eight players in the world so there’s nobody that you’d rather play, but I think the Andre Agassi group is especially interesting with the three young guys and Rafa in there. It’s a very open one.”
H2H and Prediction Rafael Nadal vs Sascha Zverev
Rafa leads Sascha 5-0 in H2H matches. However, they have never played on indoor hardcourts. The prediction is Nadal in 3 sets, but it also depends on his physical conditions after the Spaniard pulled out injured from Paris last week.
Alexander Zverev’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.7, Zverev played his last match on the 31st of October when he was defeated by Denis Shapovalov 6-2 5-7 6-2 in the 3rd round in Paris.
This year the German has a 39-22 win-loss record. The German clinched 1 title in Geneva. Alexander was the finalist in Acapulco and in Shanghai.
Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2019
Currently ranked no.1, Nadal played his last match on the 2nd of November when he was defeated by Denis Shapovalov w/o in the semifinal in Paris.
This year the Spaniard has a 50-6 win-loss record. The Spaniard clinched 4 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open, in Montreal and at the U.S. Open. The Spaniard was the finalist at the Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal played each other 5 times. The head to head is 5-0 for Nadal.
The last time that they played each other, Rafael Nadal won 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the final in Rome on the May 2018.
Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal
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