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Zverev vs Schwartzman US Open Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev battles Schwartzman for US Open quarter final berth

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 2 Sep 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman is live from New York on Monday, 2 September from 1:30pm local time/ 6:30pm BST
  • Zverev and Schwartzman have split their two previous meetings
Alexander Zverev (PA Sport)

Alexander Zverev attempts to reach his first Grand Slam quarter final outside Roland Garros when he takes on Argentine, Diego Schwartzman at the US Open on Monday.

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Zverev has been to the last eight at the French Open in each of the last two seasons, but he has never been beyond the fourth round at any other Slam. This is the first time he's made the second week at the US Open.

The world No. 6 has been far from convincing over the past week, needing five sets to get past Radu Albot and Frances Tiafoe in the first couple of rounds, and another four sets to beat Aljaz Bedene in the third round, but the German will take those wins, regardless of how they have been achieved, given how much he has struggled this season.

Following those five-set wins over Albot and Tiafoe, Zverev could have done with a more straightforward outing over Bedene in the third round, and the German made a positive start, breaking for 2-0, and jumping out to a 5-2 lead. However, he has formed a habit of throwing away advantageous positions in this tournament, and it happened again in that first set, as Bedene got the break back, before going on to take the opener on a tie break.

Zverev hit back to take the next three sets, two of which were tie breaks, battling through a 6-7 7-6 6-3 7-6 victory. The German sent down 25 aces, winning 80% of points on his first serve. Double faults continue to be a problem, with the world No. 6 committing seven against Bedene, but it was generally a better serving performance relative to what he had been offering in his previous matches.

"I think [it was a] very high-level match. He played very aggressive, very well, very fast as well," Zverev said. "Sometimes I didn't really have chances on his serve. Playing three tie-break sets, it could have gone both ways. I'm just happy to be through."  
"It's the first time in the second week [of the US Open]. Obviously it's a fourth round. I don't really want to stop here. I want to keep going".

Zverev began the year with so much optimism, having ended last season with victory at the Nitto ATP Finals- his biggest career title- and risen to No. 3 in the world, but he has had a very disappointing campaign, winning just the one title in Geneva, and making one other final in Acapulco. The 22-year-old is 30-17 for the season, and has gone beyond the quarter finals in just three of his 18 previous tournaments this year. 

If he is to make a first US Open quarter final, he will have to take down the tenacious Diego Schwartzman on Monday.

While Zverev was battling through five-setters and four-setters in the opening week, Diego Schwartzman was breezing through the draw in straight sets. Of the nine sets he has played so far, only one, against Robin Haase in the first round, has gone as far as a tie break. He has not dropped more than four games in any of the other eight sets, and has recorded two bagels in his three matches.

Schwartzman has beaten Haase, Egor Gerasimov and Tennys Sandgren to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the second time, moving within one win of matching his best performance at Flushing Meadows- a quarter final in 2017. This is already his best Grand Slam run of the season, as he fell in the third round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and exited Roland Garros in the second round.

The Argentine has one title this year, in Los Cabos in the lead up to the US Open, while he was a beaten finalist in Buenos Aires and a semi-finalist in Sydney and Rome in his other key results in 2019. He had a very bad patch between the Rio Open in February, and the Madrid Open at the start of May, failing to win back-to-back matches in the eight tournaments in that spell, but he snapped that poor form with a fine semi-final in Madrid, and since then, the world No. 21 has gone on to win Los Cabos, make the quarter finals at Queen's, reached the third round at Wimbledon and Cincinnati, and now, the fourth round at the US Open.

Schwartzman and Zverev have split their two previous meetings, with the Argentine winning their first encounter in Kitzbuhel in 2014, and Zverev taking their most recent meeting at the Paris Masters last year. 

Form is certainly with Schwartzman heading into Monday's contest, while Zverev's level has fluctuated throughout the tournament. The German has got away with his inconsistencies so far, but he will have to maintain a very high level for long periods if he is to survive against Schwartzman, who, despite his diminutive stature, packs a punch from the back off the court, and is relentlessly asking questions of his opponent.

Alexander Zverev vs Diego Schwartzman is live from New York on Monday, 2 September from 1:30pm local time/ 6:30pm BST

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Zverev vs Schwartzman US Open Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev battles Schwartzman for US Open quarter final berth

Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman meet at the US Open on Monday as they battle for a spot in the quarter finals. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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