TennisSection previews the 2021 Madrid Open as Alexander Zverev (5) meets Daniel Evans in the Round of 16 on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.
Will Daniel Evans be able to get yet another Top 10 victory under his belt in this 2021 clay-court season? Will Alexander Zverev be able to ride on the momentum from that amazing performance he put on against Kei Nishikori in the Round of 32? Both players will definitely give it their all in this match, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-finals. Who will it be?
Daniel Evans had to fight right to the end in the Round of 32, beating the Australian, John Millman in 3 sets, coming back from a set down to win (5)6-7/6-2/6-3. Daniel Evans started the match off quite slowly and kept it very tight, eventually losing in the tiebreak. However, his amazing game was out for everyone to see in the second and third, where he was playing with speed and dictating play with his amazing one-handed backhand. Daniel Evans knows that he needs to come into this Round of 16 match at the 2021 Madrid Open against Alexander Zverev in better form right from the start, or he might as well start packing his bags for Rome next week.
Alexander Zverev was superb in his Round of 32 match against the in form Kei Nishikori, showing us some great tennis, and not hitting 1 single double fault! When Alexander Zverev’s serve is firing and it is not lacking in confidence, he is extremely tough to beat, and for the first time this year on clay, we have seen this from the German. Alexander Zverev will want to keep building on that solid performance, but he knows that it is never a guarantee, especially now that he is meeting a tough opponent who has beaten the likes of Novak Djokovic this year in Daniel Evans.
Alexander Zverev and Daniel Evans have met 1 time before, with Daniel Evans having won that encounter. They met in 2016 as the US Open where Evans came through in 4 sets. Although Evans leads their head to head, their last match was nearly 5 years ago, and since then Alexander Zverev has skyrocketed in form. Adding to this, the fact that Evans struggled in his Round of 32 match at the 2021 Madrid Open against John Millman, whilst Zverev flourished against one of the best players in Kei Nishikori gives me the confidence to back the German to make his way to the Quarter-finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexander Zverev to Win.