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Zverev vs Delbonis ATP Geneva live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev faces dangerous Delbonis in Geneva Open semi-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 24 May 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Federico Delbonis is live from Geneva around 4.00pm local time on Friday (3.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Alexander Zverev continues his quest for a first ATP title of the season at the Geneva Open on Friday when he takes on dangerous Argentine Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals.

It’s been a tough old season for Alexander Zverev, but the German is one win away from a second ATP final of 2019 as he prepares to face Federico Delbonis in the Geneva Open semi-finals on Friday.

Arriving in Geneva with back-to-back wins at just one tournament since February, Zverev was desperate for matches and form before heading to Roland Garros next week. While the form is still not where he’d like it to be, at least Zverev is fighting hard and getting matches under his belt, blitzing Ernests Gulbis 6-2 6-1 in his opening match before surviving a big test against Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in Thursday’s quarter-finals. Zverev recovered from 3-5 down in the opening set and saved a set point before weathering a mid-match storm from Dellien to prevail in the decider, posting a 7-5 3-6 6-3 victory to reach his first semi-final since Acapulco.

"He's a great player... He started the year lower ranked, now he's already Top 100. I think he's going to finish the year much, much higher than he is now," Zverev said of Dellien. "I struggled a little bit but still ended up finding a way to win, and that's most important for me right now."

While it was important Zverev came out on top, the match against Dellien still indicates that the reigning ATP Finals champion is still a long way off his best form, which is worrying with the French Open just around the corner. Zverev has lost to the likes of David Ferrer, Jaume Munar, Fabio Fognini, Nicolas Jarry, Cristian Garin, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini since losing the Acapulco final to Nick Kyrgios in February and only won back-to-back matches once before this week - in Madrid, where he went down to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals of his title defence.

After beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals to close out a stellar 2018, Zverev has regressed in 2019, with the German admitting in Madrid that he has been dealing with various off-court distractions and that’s contributed to his loss of form. Zverev also said that most of that has been taken care of, but he’s still not playing anywhere near his best - can he find something extra for the challenge of Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals on Friday?


Delbonis is an excellent player on clay and will certainly fancy his chances of claiming a fourth top 10 scalp in Geneva. The Argentine has captured two ATP World Tour titles on the surface, winning the 2014 Brasil Open and 2016 Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco, while he also finished runner-up at the ATP 500 German Open in Hamburg in 2013 (the tournament he famously beat Roger Federer at) and the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur in Nice in 2014. With further top 10 wins over the likes of Stan Wawrinka (in Geneva in 2015) and Andy Murray and a total of 10 Challenger titles on clay, Delbonis is a man who has the ability to trouble anyone on his day.

Delbonis hasn’t been able to make much of an impact over the last couple of seasons - he dropped out of the top 100 at different stages in both 2017 and 2018 and has hovered between No. 64 and No. 84 throughout 2019, registering a 6-10 record prior to Geneva, reaching the semi-finals of Cordoba and the third round of Miami, where he took a set off Novak Djokovic. However, Delbonis is playing the best tennis of his season in Geneva this week, recording a number of impressive victories over former No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, defending champion Marton Fucsovics and former French Open quarter-finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

This will be the first career meeting between Zverev and Delbonis, and I think this is a 50-50 match-up. Zverev is clearly still struggling and doubting himself, and if he was against a more experienced and established player, he probably would have bowed out in the quarter-finals. Delbonis is a more accomplished player right now than Dellien and has some big weapons to call upon in pressure moments to bail him out of trouble. Zverev will need to raise his level to make the final on Friday.


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Zverev vs Delbonis ATP Geneva live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev faces dangerous Delbonis in Geneva Open semi-finals

Alexander Zverev continues his quest for a first ATP title of the season at the Geneva Open on Friday when he takes on dangerous Argentine Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals.

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