Alexander Zverev set to face Dominic Theim in Halle Open

In the first round of the Halle Open, ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev will face Dominic Thiem

(Tennis news) Alexander Zverev has won 21 of the 36 matches he has played so far this season, and even if he hasn’t yet claimed a championship, he is on track for a comeback after missing most of last season due to an ankle injury. The German’s participation in the French Open semifinals was among his most remarkable accomplishments in 2023. He was the 22nd seed going into the competition, but victories over Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Grigor Dimitrov, Frances Tiafoe, Alex Molcan, and Lloyd Harris allowed him to get to the final four. The 26-year-old was defeated by eventual runner-up Casper Ruud in this match 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.

Dominic Thiem has had a poor 2023 campaign thus far, winning just seven of his 20 games. The Austrian did succeed in making it to the quarterfinals of the BMW Open in Munich and the Estoril Open. In his final outing on the ATP Tour, Thiem took Rafael Nadal’s place in the main draw at the French Open after the Spaniard withdrew due to a hip ailment. In a thrilling match against Pedro Cachin, he was defeated 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(1), 4-6, 6-2. Dominic Thiem competed in a Challenger event in Heilbronn, Germany, after the French Open and advanced to the second round before falling to Pedro Martinez.


In their head-to-head matchup, Dominic Thiem is up 8-3. Alexander  Zverev prevailed 6-3, 6-4 in their most recent meeting, which took place in the 2021 Madrid Open quarterfinals.


Given his recent form, Alexander Zverev will go into the match as the favourite to win. The German is gradually getting back to the form he showed in recent years, and his performance at the French Open will undoubtedly enhance his self-confidence. With a strong serve, Zverev will be aiming to score as many free points as possible through aces. He moves well on grass and has strong groundstrokes, particularly his backhand, which will be helpful when trying to gain the upper hand.

Dominic Thiem needs to be at his best if he wants to have any chance of winning because his win-loss record is only 14-15 so far on grass. The Austrian has frequently leaned heavily on his backhand, and he also possesses a strong serve. Given both players’ recent performances, Zverev is clearly the favourite to win and shouldn’t have any trouble taking the victory.

Zverev to win in 2 sets

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