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Zverev vs Tsitsipas ATP Madrid live streaming, preview and tips - Young rivals clash in spicy Madrid quarter-final

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 10 May 2019
  • Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas is live from Madrid at 7.30pm local time on Friday (6.30pm BST)
  • Their head-to-head is level at 1-1, with Tsitsipas winning their last meeting in Canada in 2018
Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Alexander Zverev puts his Madrid Masters title defence on the line when he takes on fellow young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas in what could be a fiery quarter-final showdown on Friday.

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Defending champion Alexander Zverev and Estoril winner Stefanos Tsitsipas clash for the second time as their growing rivalry continues in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals on Friday. Zverev won their first encounter last year in Washington D.C. in straight sets, but the fuse for this upcoming contest inside the Caja Magica was lit at the Canada Masters last year after Tsitsipas won and Zverev said the match was “pathetic” and declared that the Greek didn’t play well to beat him.

Zverev also directed what could be perceived as a backhanded compliment towards Tsitsipas in his press conference on Thursday.

“Tsitsipas is one of the best players in he world. He plays almost every week,” Zverev said, making sure to remark on his young rival’s busy schedule and indicating that was the reason he was inside the top 10.

Zverev was speaking after putting together back-to-back wins for the first time since February when he came back from a set down and a break down in the decider to overcome the rising Hubert Hurkacz. Zverev had squandered match points in his last two defeats to Nicolas Jarry in Barcelona and Cristian Garin in Munich, but this time it was his turn to dig deep and come from behind, registering a 3-6 6-4 6-4 victory in two hours and 10 minutes to reach the Madrid quarter-finals for the third straight season.

“It's a place where I always have had good memories, I always played well, and it is nice to come back here and to show that I'm still one of the best players in the world and be able to play my best and always find a way,” Zverev said.

“I needed that win for sure because the last two matches, I lost where I had match points, and I lost 7-5 in the third and 7-6 in the third. So a match like this I really need. And I was down a break in the second, down a break in the third, and I always try to find a way.”

It’s been a poor season for Zverev so far, especially after he won the biggest title of his career at the end of last season at the Nitto ATP Finals, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along the way, but he just hasn’t been able to get going so far in 2019, with a runner-up finish in Acapulco his only real stand-out result. Can he turn his fortunes around in the Spanish capital?

Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA Images)
Tsitsipas will have other ideas. The 20-year-old is on a six-match winning streak after winning his third career title in Estoril last week and beating Adrian Mannarino and Fernando Verdasco in Madrid to make his first quarter-final at the Caja Magica. Tsitsipas was dominant behind his serve, winning 81 per cent of points behind his first delivery as he drew level with Daniil Medvedev for most match wins in 2019 with 25, prevailing 6-3 6-4 over Verdasco in 88 minutes.


"I played pretty good, didn't give him lots of chances," Tsitsipas said. "I really wanted this match badly and I think my serve and my forehand today worked very well and gave me this consistency and flexibility to do a lot of things on the court."

Tsitsipas has continued to break new ground since bursting onto the scene last year, finishing runner-up in Barcelona, making the fourth round of Wimbledon and famously becoming the youngest player to beat four top 10 players in a row when he did so to make the Canada Masters final. Tsitsipas would go on to become the first player from Greece to win an ATP title and capped the season by winning the Next Gen ATP Finals, while he launched 2019 in style, beating Roger Federer to make his first major semi-final at the Australian Open, along with winning the Marseille title and making the final in Dubai. Is it time for Tsitsipas to challenge for a maiden Masters 1000 title in Madrid?

He will certainly fancy his chances against Zverev. The German is still far from his best, but I like the way he fought against Hurkacz, and there’s undoubtedly some spice in this match-up, so he will be amped up and ready to go. Tsitsipas hasn’t played anyone close to the quality of Zverev during his six-match winning streak, and I don’t think he’s been playing his best tennis either over the last couple of months. I’m backing Zverev to stand up and deliver one of his best performances of the season to return to the semi-finals.


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Zverev vs Tsitsipas ATP Madrid live streaming, preview and tips - Young rivals clash in spicy Madrid quarter-final

Alexander Zverev puts his Madrid Masters title defence on the line when he takes on fellow young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas in what could be a fiery quarter-final showdown on Friday.

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