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Zverev vs Kecmanovic ATP Cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev seeks first ever win in Cincinnati

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 14 Aug 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Miomir Kecmanovic is live from Cincinnati on Wednesday, 14 August from 2:30pm local time/ 7:30pm BST
  • Zverev is 0-4 in Cincinnati
  • First meeting between Zverev and Kecmanovic
Alexander Zverev. (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire)

Alexander Zverev attempts to get his first ever win at the Cincinnati Masters when he takes on Serbian qualifier, Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday.

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Zverev is making his fifth appearance at the Western and Southern Open, but he's yet to win a match at the tournament, falling to Borna Coric and Yuichi Sugita in the first round in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and suffering second round defeats to Frances Tiafoe and Robin Haase in 2017 and 2018, after receiving first round byes in each of those two seasons.

While he struggled in Cincinnati, Zverev continued to do well in other ATP events, winning three Masters 1000 titles between 2017 and 2018, and nine titles in total in those two years, including a biggest career triumph at the prestigious season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in November last year, where he defeated both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Zverev got up to No. 3 in the world by virtue of that London victory, and the platform appeared to have been set for even bigger successes this year. However, the German has surprisingly struggled in 2019, winning just one title- at the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva- and making just the one other final in Acapulco, where he lost to Nick Kyrgios. His only other semi-final was at his home event in Hamburg, where he was beaten by Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German gained a measure of revenge over Basilashvili in a three-set win in Montreal last week to reach the quarter finals, but he followed that up with an very poor performance against Karen Khachanov in the last eight, falling 6-3 6-3 to the Russian.

Zverev is a very ordinary 6-6 in Masters 1000 tournaments this year, with his best efforts being quarter finals in Madrid and Montreal- can the world No. 6 finally produce a telling contribution in Cincinnati this week? He has already earned some luck with Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem withdrawing from the tournament, leaving him as the second highest-ranked player, behind Kei Nishikori, in the bottom half of the draw. He opens against rising Serbian qualifier, Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday. 

After coming through the qualifying rounds, beating Antoine Hoang and Feliciano Lopez in straight sets, Kecmanovic scored an excellent opening round win over fellow 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime in his main draw debut in Cincinnati.

The Serbian was rock solid on serve, winning 26 of 29 points behind his first serve, and offering no break point opportunities to Auger-Aliassime throughout the 6-3 6-3 victory. His Canadian opponent also had a high first serve conversion rate (86%), but he only got 47% of his first serves in, and coughed up 10 double faults in a disappointing serving performance. Kecmanovic broke twice in the opening set, and then early in the second before marching to victory in just over an hour.

"It definitely means a lot. It’s a big win for me. I needed this mentally just to know that I can be here and play with these guys, so I think it’s going to help for the upcoming matches," Kecmanovic said after the match. "I felt pretty good on the court and played solid, so hopefully I can keep it up."

Kecmanovic is a former world junior No. 1, and a finalist at the Junior US Open in 2016, where he incidentally lost to Auger-Aliassime, but his transition into the senior ranks has been less rapid than that of some of his contemporaries. He was ranked outside the world's top 100 as recently as March, but he made his first significant move on the main tour with a quarter final run at Indian Wells, shooting into the top 100 in the process. The teenager has continued to rise steadily since then, getting up to his current ranking of 58th. 

He has been particularly good in the last couple of months, reaching his first career final in Antalya, making the quarter finals in Atlanta, and then the third round in Washington. He did not play Montreal, but he's made a winning return to the tour in Cincinnati, beating Auger-Aliassime to set up a first meeting with Alexander Zverev. 

Zverev is rightly the favourite for this one, as he is the better and obviously more accomplished player, but given the way he has struggled at times this season, Kecmanovic has always got a chance of causing the upset here. The world No. 6 will need to make significant improvements from his forgettable performance against Khachanov in Montreal last week.

Alexander Zverev vs Miomir Kecmanovic is live from Cincinnati on Wednesday, 14 August from 2:30pm local time/ 7:30pm BST

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Zverev vs Kecmanovic ATP Cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev seeks first ever win in Cincinnati

Alexander Zverev attempts to get his first win at the Cincinnati Masters as he takes on young gun, Kecmanovic on Wednesday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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