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Zverev vs Dellien ATP Geneva live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev aiming for first semi-final since February

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 23 May 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Hugo Dellien is live from Geneva around 6.00pm local time on Thursday (5.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Alexander Zverev targets back-to-back wins for just the second time since February when he takes on Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the Geneva Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

World No. 5 Alexander Zverev continues his French Open preparations in Geneva when he squares off against World No. 92 Hugo Dellien in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Desperate to build up some momentum and good form ahead of next week’s second Grand Slam of the season, Zverev got off to the perfect start in what could have been an extremely dangerous opening match in Geneva, taking care of former French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis for the loss of just three games on Tuesday. Zverev was dominant on serve, winning 34 of 42 points behind his first delivery, while he also saved eight of nine break points to secure a 6-2 6-1 victory after 65 minutes to advance into the last eight.

"It was a good win, obviously [Gulbis] is someone that plays very aggressive and hits the ball very hard at times," said Zverev. "[In the] first few games I thought it was going to be a very difficult match and then I picked up my level a little bit."

After ending 2018 on the highest of highs as he captured the biggest career title of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, defeating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the process, Zverev was expected to kick on and really establish himself at the very top of men’s tennis. However, the 22-year-old has instead compiled his worst start to a season since 2015, winning just 16 matches and failing to capture a title. Indeed, Zverev hadn’t won back-to-back matches in his last six tournaments since finishing runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in the final of Acapulco before he made the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters, while his start to the season was again disappointing as he failed to make an impact at another Grand Slam, losing to Milos Raonic in the fourth round.

Zverev has lost to the likes of David Ferrer, Jaume Munar, Fabio Fognini, Nicolas Jarry, Cristian Garin, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini since making the Acapulco final, with the German admitting in Madrid that off-court distractions have been contributing to his dip in form. However, and this is a bit left field, but perhaps not playing a lot of matches will serve him well at Roland Garros next week. Zverev has been notorious for stumbling at the slams, but considering his poor form at the moment, there’s not much hope or expectation for him in Paris. Maybe playing without that pressure will propel Zverev back to his best tennis and perhaps his best run at a major? That remains to be seen, but Zverev’s immediate focus will be on someone he might not have seen too much on tour.


Hugo Dellien, a 25-year-old from Bolivia who is equipped with a heavy forehand and loves the clay, only played his first ATP main draw at the start of this season, but he’s been making steady progress up the rankings for the last couple of years now, and after taking his game to another level in 2019, he’s finally broken into the top 100 and will be looking to stay there for as long as possible.

After winning three Challenger titles in 2018 to rise to the cusp of the top 100, Dellien has risen to as high as No. 74 this season. He became the first Bolivian to win a tour-level main draw match since 1984 when he made his maiden ATP quarter-final at the 500-level Rio Open, while he also reached the last eight in Sao Paolo and secured his fourth Challenger crown in Santiago. The highest-ranked Bolivian player since Mario Martinez in 1984, Dellien has advanced into this third ATP quarter-final of the season in Geneva, taking out experienced former top 20 players Andreas Seppi and Janko Tipsarevic along the way.

Dellien has nothing to lose against Zverev and should be buoyed by his opponent’s recent run of poor form. That being said, it would be a monumental upset if Dellien were to emerge victorious. He’s still very much a rookie at this level and has never been beyond the quarter-finals, while Zverev did look better in his win over Gulbis. A win over Gulbis is certainly not an accurate measurement of whether Zverev is back or not, but this is a kind draw for an ATP quarter-final and he should be taking advantage of it.


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Zverev vs Dellien ATP Geneva live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev aiming for first semi-final since February

Alexander Zverev targets back-to-back wins for just the second time since February when he takes on Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the Geneva Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

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