Rafael Nadal (@1.44) vs Alexander Zverev (@2.8)
11-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Rafael Nadal will win

Rafael Nadal – Alexander Zverev Match Prediction | 11-11-2019 15:00

Nadal moved to 25-26 against Novak Djokovic with a straight sets win over his biggest rival on Saturday. A combination of tactics, a combination of great shots for both of us. [Its a] very important victory for me. The Serbian did put up a test for Nadal early but when it came to the opening set tiebreak, Nadal pulled away to eventually win 7-6 6-3.It was a tough battle, I think a good level of tennis, Nadal said afterwards.

Tiafoe has more arguments than the Moldovan and he might be able to throw the racket of out Zverevs hand. Damian: The German had brief spells of brilliance against Radu Albot but his game is still nowhere to be found. Toss-up. The sixth-seed will probably need to resort to pushing from behind the baseline and its on the American whether he can take advantage.

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Germany leads the H2H 10-6, and the most recent meeting between these two nations ended 4-1 in favor of Germany in 2014 (at Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany). Zverev probably would not be feeling as much pressure as Rafael Nadal knowing a defeat here wont be a huge blow for the visitors as they still have one more chance to secure the progression (fifth rubber). Alexander Zverev faces a daunting task in his bid to become only the second player to beat Rafael Nadal on clay since the start of 2017 season. The dominant straight sets win over David Ferrer on Friday was Alexander Zverevs third straight win in the Davis Cup. Before 2018, he had played four matches in this competition but could win just one match, against Arthur De Greef in 2017. The Spaniard has played 26 matches on clay in this period with his only defeat coming against Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinal of Rome Masters.

Zverev is in stunning form recently with a 13 match winning streak dating back to the opening round of Munich. The German delivered on key points, saving 5 set points in the first and breaking when up 6-5 in the second for a 7-6(13) 7-5 victory. There was little between he and Marin Cilic in their semi final match up with both players dominant on serve and breaks at a premium. He won the title there and in Madrid last week, taking advantage of the exit of Nadal for another Masters 1000 title.

He then edged past Kyle Edmund 7-5 7-6 despite squandering eight match points. Zverev won that, and the second 7-5 to advance. He dropped his first set since the Munich second round against David Goffin, but beat the Belgian in a late night thriller all-the-same, coming back from a break down in the decider to do it. He then defeated Cilic in a closely fought match, in which the first set went to an epic 28 point tiebreak. Zverev, who as the second seed also received a first round bye, first faced the Italian wildcard Matteo Berrettini, defeating him 7-5 6-2.

How do they match up?

Nadal, top seed in Rome, began his tournament in the second round against Damir Dzumhur. He then overcame some spirited early resistance from Denis Shapovalov to avenge the loss he took from the Canadian in Montreal last year, 6-4 6-1. Nadal then recovered from dropping the opening set against Fognini to win in three, 4-6 6-1 6-2. The Spaniard put the disappointment of his defeat to Thiem in Madrid behind him with a thumping win in which he dropped just one game.

The most important games were played at the 2017 Australian Open, where Zverev has reached the quarterfinals, where he succumbed to that edition champion, Roger Federer. The start of the season did not bring good results for the athlete from Germany, each a victory in the Brisbane and Sydney tournaments, ahead of Alex De Minaur (257 ATP) and Nicolas Almagro (ATP 56). Before this result, managed Mischa surprise tournament in step 8-IMIL finals, 3-1 sets against the world number one Andy Murray (7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4).

That set up a 51st clash with Novak Djokovic, who had won 26 of their previous meetings. The first set proved to be a classic, as Djokovic reeled in Nadal, who had broken early on. The two all-time greats were bringing some of their best tennis, but it was Nadal who found it when in mattered most, winning the set in a tiebreak. The second set didnt quite live up to the first as Nadal kept the pressure on Djokovic and won it 6-3. That included inflicting nearly a fifth of all Nadals clay court defeats.

Rafael Nadal VS Alexander Zverev

And Nadal doesnt suffer knockouts veryoften. Thiem won that match by going, effectively, for broke throughout and it coming off more often than not. Zverev could in theory do the same, but like Thiem he has no more than a punchers chance. Defeat to Thiem aside, Nadals clay court season has been one of unbroken success, success that will continue at Zverevs expense. The Spaniard will complete the perfect preparation for another assault on the Roland Garros crown and return to the #1 ranking with a straight sets win.

6 cannot afford to do that. The Frenchman has struggled with an Achilles injury for a substantial amount of time this season and does tend to have lapses of concentration in his matches. Against, Bautista Agut, the former world no. The Spaniard has been playing some of the best tennis of his life and is yet to drop a set all week.Monfils, meanwhile, has been more of a hit and miss in terms of form.

In the first match, two years ago in Indian Wells, Zverev came close to scoring what would have been a memorable win in the round of 16. But so far a win against Nadal has eluded him, despite the German having had four cracks at him. Zverev has wins against Federer and Djokovic, indeed, hes beaten both in Masters 1000 finals. He took the first set on a tiebreak and came to within a point of victory in the decider, but ultimately fell 7-6 0-6 5-7.

Tennis Prediction

Earlier this week, the World #1 defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets to level the tie for Spain (1-1). Banking on Rafael Nadal on the clay court in a do-or-die situation isnt a bad option after all. Rafael Nadal is currently on a 23-match winning run in this competition. Apart from losing his Davis Cup debut match to Jiri Novak in 2004, Nadal has won the remaining 23 matches. They lost their most recent quarterfinal match to Serbia in 2017 (4-1), and they are just one defeat away from facing a second consecutive quarterfinal defeat in two years. The quarterfinal clash between Germany and Spain is perfectly balanced after Tim Puetz and Jan Lennard Struff gave Germany the lead (2-1) by defeating the Spanish pair, Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez, in the doubles rubber on Saturday. Spain have failed to reach the semifinal of the Davis Cup since 2012. This is now a must-win rubber for the hosts.

Damian: Bedene searched for form at the Challenger Tour recently and it seems to have worked out well as he defeated Josef Kovalik in his opening match. Paire was in a final at Winston-Salem last week but he seems to have recovered better than his conqueror Hubert Hurkacz. Its a good draw for the 29th seed and as long as hes more or less concentrated he should be able to run away with the win.