Rotterdam (1st round): Alexander Zverev – Alexander Bublik

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This will be the first time these two players will play against each other.

Tournament history

Alexander Zverev will be competing in this ATP 500 in Rotterdam for the fifth time in his career. He has lost twice in the first round (2015 and 2017), once in the second round (2018) and once in the quarter-final (2016).

For his part, Alexander Bublik discovered this Dutch tournament last season. He was eliminated in the second round by Andrey Rublev.

Analysis

I don’t really have any doubts about Alexander Zverev and his ability to get through this lap without a hitch. The German is finally assuming his status as a Top 10 player, and he’s going to play under conditions he particularly likes.

We’re dealing with two guys who know how to serve very well, and that makes me think that we could see at least one tie-break if no one lets go easily.

In the exchanges, I doubt that Alexander Bublik is trying to compete in rallies against this opponent. He knows that Alexander Zverev is far superior to him in this field. So he should do as he always does: shorten the rally by trying unpredictable moves (bunt or explosive moves to achieve a winner). The concern is that the current 7th in the world remains very oppressive in the rallies, and I see the Kazakh cracking many times.

I have only one point of attention concerning this match, which prevents me from putting my highest trust in it. Alexander Bublik has already had the opportunity to play indoor since his return from Australia. And it went rather well as he reached the final in Singapore.

Alexander Zverev has not played since his elimination at the Australian Open on February 16. The German might need some time to get back into his match, unlike Alexander Bublik who I see playing more relaxed. The Kazakh will have nothing to lose.

There is one piece of information where I can put my hand to cut: Alexander is going to win.

Prediction: Alexander Zverev wins

Medium risk

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