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Alexander Zverev vs Copil ATP Basel Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev and qualifier Copil battle for Basel final spot

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 27 Oct 2018
  • Alexander Zverev vs Marius Copli is live from Basel on Saturday, 27th October from 2:30pm local time/ 1:30pm BST
  • Zverev and Copil meet for the first time
Alexander Zverev. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev continues his quest for a first Basel crown on Saturday when he takes on Romanian qualifier, Marius Copil in the semi-finals.

Zverev is competing in back-to-back ATP World Tour semi-finals for the first time since the clay-court season, and his ninth semi-final of another solid campaign. The German is looking to advance to his sixth final of the year, his first since he won Washington in August.

Zverev has had a solid week in Basel, typified by his quarter final victory over the dogged Roberto Bautista-Agut on Friday.

Bautista-Agut typically mounted a stubborn resistance, repelling some of Zverev's best shots, but Zverev’s greater weight of shot, particularly off the backhand wing, eventually wore the Spaniard down.

The German laid down an early marker by breaking in the first game of the match, but Bautista-Agut hit back for 2-2. There were opportunities for both men midway through the set, with Zverev saving three break points at 2-3, and his Spanish opponent saving four in the next game, but it was the second seed who forced the decisive breakthrough as the set wound to a conclusion, converting his sixth break point in a lengthy eleventh game before serving out a tough hour-long set.

Bautista-Agut cast aside that disappointment to jump out of the blocks in the second set as Zverev's level dipped, opening up a 3-0 lead, but the world number five soon got to work, powering through then next six games to pull off a very impressive 7-5 6-3 victory.

Zverev is yet to drop a set this week, beating Robin Haase and Australian teenager, Alexei Popyrin in the two previous rounds. He also leads the tour with 52 match wins this season. His first trip to Basel back in 2014 didn't particularly go well, as he fell in the opening round to Grigor Dimitrov, but he has more than made up for that in his second coming in 2018, as he stands just two wins away from the title.

The 21-year-old will have to get through the big-serving Romanian qualifier, Marius Copil to proceed to the final.


Copil is a completely different opponent to Bautista-Agut, as the Romanian possesses genuine firepower that will certainly cause Zverev problems.

Marius Copil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
He has had a terrific week, beating Mischa Zverev and Dusan Lajovic in the qualifiers, before taking down Ryan Harrison, Marin Cilic and Taylor Fritz in the main draw. There isn’t any argument about the stand out win in that mix- his second round upset of former US Open champion, Cilic. Copil out-aced Cilic by a staggering 21-4 in a terrific serving display, winning 90% of his first serve points and saving the two break points he faced. If he can produce similar numbers on Saturday, he has definitely got a chance.

Against Fritz in the quarter finals, he didn't serve as many aces- 'just 18'- but he stayed strong on the pivotal points, saving ten of the 11 break points against him. Fritz must still be wondering how exactly he did not take the first set, as he failed to convert any of eight break points, before blowing a 6-3 lead in the tie break. The American did well to fight back from a break deficit in the second set, but after stopping Copil from closing out the match, he lost his serve immediately, and Copil did not make the same mistake twice, serving out a 7-6 7-5 victory. As the scoreline suggests, there was not much to choose between the two, but Copil's bravery and greater decisiveness on the crucial moments proved to be the difference.

The world number 93 is contesting his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season, a first since a runner-up finish in Sofia in February. These are the only two times he has made a tour-level semifinal in his career.

Copil also reached the quarter finals in s-Hertogenbosch, as well as the third round in Washington, in the only other tournaments where he managed consecutive wins this season. There has been next to nothing elsewhere, as he has suffered 13 first-round losses this year, which is quite surprising, given the form he has shown this week.

Copil and Zverev meet for the first time on Saturday, and a lot will depend on how well Copil serves. If he has a good serving day and makes a lot of first serves, he has got a forehand to back it up. The one-handed backhand has got some variety on it, and can also do a job, but it will be dominated by Zverev's sublime two-hander.

Zverev is the favourite, and if he finds a reasonably good level, he should be just two strong, but Copil is playing well enough to pounce should the German stray too far off his game.

Alexander Zverev vs Marius Copil is live from Basel on Saturday, 27th October from 2:30pm local time/ 1:30pm BST

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Alexander Zverev vs Copil ATP Basel Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev and qualifier Copil battle for Basel final spot

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