Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev | Australian Open 2024 preview, H2H and betting tips

Jamie Shaw in Australian Open 24 Jan 2024
Zverev and Alcaraz go head-to-head (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev collide in a mouth-watering Quarter-Finals at the 2024 Australian Open on Wednesday.

The box office duo go head-to-head for the last available Semi-Final spot as they bid to remain in the running for a maiden crown in Melbourne.

Alcaraz is already breaking new ground in the opening slam of the year, having surpassed the Third Round stage at the third time of asking, and the Spaniard is now vying to reach his fifth major Semi-Final.

The reigning Wimbledon champion has dropped just one set en route to the Last Eight, dispatching Richard Gasquet, Lorenzo Sonego, Shang Juncheng and Miomir Kecmanović.

Alcaraz won 65 of his 77 matches last season, picking up titles in Argentina, Barcelona, Madrid, Queen’s Club, and Indian Wells to add to his Wimbledon triumph.

Zverev, meanwhile, is into his third Quarter-Final at the Australian Open since 2020 but has had a contrastingly more eventful run to get there.

The number six seed came from a set down to defeat Dominik Koepfer in four, before recovering from 2-1 down to deny Slovak qualifier Lukáš Klein in a fifth set tie break.

He then brushed aside Alex Michelsen in straight sets before holding firm in another fifth set tie break to end the hopes of Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie.

The match gets under way from around 10.30am GMT (9.30pm local time) in the Rod Laver Arena, with third seed Daniil Medvedev awaiting the winner in the Semi-Finals.

Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev prediction

Alcaraz has been prolific in reaching the Quarter-Finals and his trademark movement and groundstrokes could prove too hot to handle for Zverev this time around.

He is yet to be tested over the past week in Melbourne but is likely to be served up a stern examination by Zverev – who has the upper-hand when it comes to the overall head-to-heads.

The key for Alcaraz will be his ability to counteract the Zverev serve, with the 20-year-old having gone just 6/11 on break points in his two sets against an injured Shang, 3/6 against Sonego and just 4/16 against Gasquet.

Zverev must make his clinical service game count if he is to have any chance of halting the rampant youngster, but he is well-fancied to secure at least a set here.

Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev betting tip

Alcaraz to win and both players to win a set @ 6/5 with Bet365

Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev match odds

Player Bet365 odds
Carlos Alcaraz 1/5
Alexander Zverev 7/2

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Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev head-to-head

The pair have met seven times in previous competition since 2021, with Zverev prevailing on four occasions, including their most recent encounter at the 2023 ATP Finals.

Their grand slam contests have been shared one apiece, with Zverev coming through in four sets in the 2022 French Open Quarter-Finals, before Alcaraz exacted his revenge at the same stage of last year’s US Open.

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