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Tsitsipas vs Zverev ATP Finals live streaming, preview and tips - Can Zverev back up Nadal scalp and snap three-match losing run against Tsitsipas?

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 12 Nov 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev is live from London at 8.00pm local time/GMT
  • Tsitsipas has won the last three meetings between the pair
Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Defending champion Alexander Zverev and debutant Stefanos Tsitsipas reignite their growing rivalry when the pair look to make it two wins from two in Group Andre Agassi at the Nitto ATP Finals on Wednesday night.

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Alexander Zverev attempts to snap a three-match losing streak to Stefanos Tsitsipas as the two young guns square off at the Nitto ATP Finals on Wednesday night, with both players having the potential to qualify for the semi-finals with a victory.

Coming into the ATP Finals on the back of a challenging season, Zverev produced arguably his best performance of the year against World No. 1 and top seed Rafael Nadal in his opening round robin match on Monday, securing his first win over the Spaniard in six attempts by a dominant 6-2 6-4 scoreline. Zverev was rewarded for his aggressive approach to the contest, while he was a beast on serve, winning 30/34 points behind his first delivery and not facing a break point for the entire match. Zverev is now the first player to beat Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the season-ending championships having conquered the last two on his way to the title 12 months ago.

“This means so much, playing here again after winning my biggest title so far in my career here last year. This means everything to me,” Zverev said.
“I was looking forward to this match, and thanks a lot for all the support, everybody who came out... The atmosphere is the reason why everybody is trying, the goal of the beginning of the season is to make London. Because playing here, playing in front of you all, playing in The O2 is something that we don't have during the year, and this is so special.”

While Nadal was playing his first match since withdrawing from the Paris Masters due to an abdominal injury, the World No. 1 said it didn’t affect him during the match, declaring Zverev was simply too good on the night. It certainly was a far cry from the Zverev we’ve watched for most of 2019, with the German stepping into the court and dictating play with aggressive groundstrokes, while he was much more assured on his serve, which has been a problem area all season.

After peaking at a career-high No. 3 in the world after his victory at the O2 last year, Zverev was expected to take his game to the next level this season and challenge for slams, but that has been far from the case, with the German struggling all year and returning to London at No. 7. The 22-year-old has only won one title for the season at the 250 meet in Geneva shortly before the French Open, while his other best results included runner-up finishes in Acapulco and Shanghai, along with a semi-final in Beijing and quarter-final at Roland Garros.

Will Zverev’s victory over Nadal prove the catalyst for a turnaround in form late in the season? He’ll be hoping to break another losing streak when he faces Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday night.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA Images)
Tsitsipas also snapped a five-match losing run against his opponent in the other Group Andre Agassi opener on Monday, toppling rival Daniil Medvedev by a 7-6(5) 6-4 scoreline. With absolutely no love lost between the pair after several heated encounters in their short careers so far, Tsitsipas was able to step it up in the crucial moments towards the end of each set, producing a magical point at 5-5 in the opening set tiebreak and breaking Medvedev at 4-4 in the second, giving himself the chance to serve out the match, in which he made no mistake, securing his first win in his debut match at the ATP Finals.


"It’s one of the most important victories in my career so far. I gave myself a big boost today, kept believing, kept fighting. It’s such a relief,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s not easy coming in knowing you’ve lost five times before, but I made a deal with myself that I’ll keep trying until I get it. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10, 20 times.
"This victory means a lot to me and this crowd means a lot to me. So much love, so much support, Greek flags everywhere. It almost feels like I’m playing in Athens.”

After a superb breakout season in 2018 where he won his maiden ATP title in Stockholm, captured the Next Gen title in Milan and finished runner-up at the Canada Masters, Tsitsipas has taken his game to another level in 2019 and established himself as a top 10 player, beating Federer to make his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, winning two more ATP titles in Marseille and Estoril, finishing runner-up in Dubai, Madrid and Beijing and advancing to the semi-finals in Rome and Shanghai. The 21-year-old suffered a rough patch through the U.S. Open Series, losing five of his next six matches after the Citi Open semi-finals in Washington, but he’s back to his best to finish the season, reaching the final in Beijing and semi-finals in Shanghai, along with the quarter-finals in Paris.

Just like with Medvedev, there isn’t much love lost between Tsitsipas and Zverev, with the pair having been involved in some fiery matches over the last couple of seasons, while the German has also had some choice words for the Greek in some press conferences. Tsitsipas has gotten the better of Zverev in their last three encounters, but all three have been extremely close. With both players confident and in form on the back of their victories on Monday, I expect another close battle in London, but I’m giving the edge to Zverev - if he can approach this match-up with the same aggressive intent he did against Nadal.


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Tsitsipas vs Zverev ATP Finals live streaming, preview and tips - Can Zverev back up Nadal scalp and snap three-match losing run against Tsitsipas?

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