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Zverev vs de Minaur tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Zverev can improv to 4-0 vs de Minaur in Acapulco quarterfinals

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 28 Feb 2019
  • Alexander Zverev faces Alex de Minaur in the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel
  • Zverev vs de Minaur is live from Acapulco from 6.30pm local/12.30am GMT
Alexander Zverev (PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev is out to maintain a perfect record against Alex de Minaur as the two face off in the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on Thursday.

World no. 3 Alexander Zverev is one win away from returning to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel as he takes on Australia’s Alex de Minaur in Acapulco tonight.

Zverev in action in Acapulco (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Seeded second in Acapulco and now the highest seed remaining in the tournament after Nick Kyrgios knocked out Rafael Nadal, Zverev made the final four at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel last year before losing to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro and looks well placed to reach the semifinals again.

Zverev is actually looking for his first ATP-level semifinal of 2019 as he plays just his third official event, having warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup exhibition where he reached the final alongside Angelique Kerber, gone out in the round of 16 in Melbourne to Milos Raonic in straight sets and, after beating two Hungarian nonentities in Davis Cup, pulled out of Rotterdam due to an ankle injury.

The German doesn’t seem to have been troubled by the ankle – or particularly by his opponents – in the early rounds in Acapulco. He was solid against Alexei Popyrin, who qualified for the main draw via a retirement and a walkover, in the first round for a 6-3, 6-3 win, and he didn’t allow the emotional component of his second-round match against David Ferrer – the four-time Acapulco champion playing the tournament for the last time ahead of his retirement in Madrid in May – to distract him unduly. Ferrer, one of the finest returners in the game, exerted much more pressure on the Zverev serve than Popyrin had done and indeed broke Zverev twice in the first set, but both times the world no. 3 swiftly broke back before closing out the first set in a one-sided tie-break and dominating the second for a 7-6(0), 6-1 victory.

If Zverev has had the benefit of quite a smooth path through this packed 500 draw to the quarterfinals, the same could be said of his next opponent Alex de Minaur.

Alex De Minaur (BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Like Zverev, de Minaur is playing his first event since the Davis Cup in Acapulco, but unlike the German, de Minaur had a very very busy January. The 20-year-old, who first burst on to the scene when he made the semifinals of the Brisbane International and the final of the Apia International Sydney in 2018 when ranked well outside the top 100, ended 2018 at world no. 31 after a brilliant year which included another ATP Tour final (at the 500-level Washington, D.C. where he lost to Zverev himself) and back-to-back wins at Wimbledon and the US Open.

De Minaur made an even better start to 2019, making up for falling one round earlier in Brisbane (to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals) by winning his first ATP Tour title at the Apia International Sydney, and reaching the third round of the Australian Open before being crushed by Nadal, the fate of many a bright young thing in Melbourne this year. De Minaur went on to win a singles rubber in Australia’s Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina, but pulled out of the New York Open and only returned to action in Acapulco.

The 20-year-old weathered a tight first match against Nicolas Jarry, winning 7-6(5), 7-6(2), but benefited from a walkover from Feliciano Lopez in the second round to make his third quarterfinal of the year.

Zverev owns a perfect 3-0 record vs de Minaur with the two having played three times in 2018: A five-set clash in Davis Cup, which was their first meeting, followed by commanding victories for Zverev in Washington, D.C. and Shanghai, winning 6-2, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-4. An explosive hitter who is still a great mover, Zverev is a tricky match-up for a scrapper like de Minaur and it will be interesting to see if his mentors, who include Lleyton Hewitt, can help the Australian find a winning strategy. But it should be the taller, stronger, more accomplished Zverev who makes the semifinals in Acapulco.

Zverev vs de Minaur Abierto Mexicano Telcel tennis is live from Acapulco from 6.30pm local/12.30am GMT

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