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Zverev vs Norrie ATP Acapulco live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev looks likely to sail into first final of 2019

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 1 Mar 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Cameron Norrie is live from Acapulco at 6.00pm local time on Friday (12.00am GMT, Saturday)
  • First tour-level meeting between the pair
Alexander Zverev (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Second seed Alexander Zverev continues his quest for a first ATP title of 2019 when he takes on Cameron Norrie in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel semi-finals on Friday night.

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World No. 3 Alexander Zverev will be the firm favourite to reach a first final of the season on Friday night when squares off against World No. 64 Cameron Norrie in the Acapulco semi-finals.

Yet to drop a set in three matches this week, Zverev has been in cruise control on his way to the final four, including in his quarter-final showdown with fellow young gun Alex de Minaur on Thursday. Following on from victories over teenager qualifier Alexei Popyrin and retiring veteran David Ferrer, Zverev improved to a perfect 4-0 record over de Minaur, beating the Australian by a routine 6-4 6-4 scoreline. The German toppled de Minaur three times last season and was never in danger once again on Thursday night, putting together a dominant serving display as he won 29 out of 32 first serve points and not giving his opponent a single chance to break.

"We played three times last year and we're going to play many more times in the future. He's a great young player with a lot of potential," said Zverev. "It's never easy to play him, especially after last night (vs. Ferrer), which was a very emotional match for me and the crowd. I'm happy to get through."

Currently ranked at a career-high No. 3 in the world despite another disappointing Grand Slam performance at the Australian Open, where he was bundled out in straight sets by Milos Raonic in the fourth round, Zverev has seemingly recovered from an ankle injury that caused him to withdraw from Rotterdam earlier this month. Still just 21 years of age, Zverev is the only player outside of the ‘Big Four’ to have won multiple Masters 1000 titles, capturing his first two during his breakout 2017 season in Rome and Canada (beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer respectively in the finals), while he secured his third on the clay of Madrid last year.

However, after also defending his Munich and Washington D.C. titles in 2018, Zverev’s biggest career title came at the tail-end of the season, where he beat Federer and Djokovic back-to-back to win the year-ending Nitto ATP Finals. Many believed Zverev would kick on from that and finally make a first real big impact at a slam in Melbourne, but once again, that didn’t eventuate. It seems more of mental than physical problem for Zverev, but for the time being he is only concerned about adding another ATP 500 title to his trophy cabinet - and he will be very confident of making the final on Friday night.

Cameron Norrie (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie is one win away from reaching his second ATP final of the season after finishing runner-up to Tennys Sandgren to launch 2019 at the ASB Classic in Auckland. Norrie couldn’t immediately build on that result, failing to win another tour-level match until this week after losing in the first round of the Australian Open and Cordoba, while he failed to qualify in Buenos Aires in what was a disappointing mini-swing on South American clay. Nevertheless, Norrie has thrived upon his return to hardcourts in Acapulco this week, beating Yoshihito Nishioka and fourth seed Diego Schwartzman before taking out last week’s Delray Beach semi-finalist Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets, 6-3 6-2, to make his first ATP 500 semi-final.


"I was nervous. It was a big opportunity for both of us, but I played really solid today. I got a lot of rhythm from my match yesterday against Diego [Schwartzman] and I'm really stoked to get into my first [ATP 500] semi-final," said Norrie. "I've got nothing to lose tomorrow and all the pressure is on [Zverev]."

Currently ranked No. 64 in the world (two spots off his career-high), Norrie - who was born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand, played college tennis in the USA and represents Great Britain - only turned professional less than two years ago and has since flown up the rankings, winning a bunch of Challenger titles in 2017 before making more of an impact on the main tour last year, including scoring his first top 10 win over John Isner as he reached the semi-finals of Lyon. All up, Norrie won 19 matches in 2018 and has already broken new ground by advancing to the aforementioned Auckland final - is he ready to claim a first top five win over Zverev?

As Norrie says, he’s got nothing to lose and all the pressure will be on Zverev. However, the German is a class above and in the best-of-three format, it takes a pretty special performance to beat him. Norrie is a great competitor and has a flowing left-handed game, but he will have to play well above his average level to win, especially with Zverev serving the way he is. Expect another relatively routine win for the second seed on Friday night.


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Zverev vs Norrie ATP Acapulco live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev looks likely to sail into first final of 2019

Second seed Alexander Zverev continues his quest for a first ATP title of 2019 when he takes on Cameron Norrie in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel semi-finals on Friday night.

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