TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Alexander Zverev (6) meets Oscar Otte in the First Round on Sunday, May 30th 2021.
An “All-German” matchup awaits us in the First Round of the 2021 French Open. Sixth seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany will face countryman Oscar Otte in Paris for a place in the Second Round. Can the unheralded Qualifier Otte cause the massive upset, or will the talented Zverev advance as expected here at Roland Garros 2021?
Alexander Zverev is ranked #6 in the ATP world rankings and is also seeded sixth here at Roland Garros 2021. The tall German has announced himself as a true contender for the title here at the French Open with some outstanding performances so far this clay court season. After solid performances throughout the tournaments, he then won the title in Madrid, defeating the “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal in the process. Despite his tall, lanky frame he is very effective on this surface with his heavy groundstrokes and good movement. Zverev is playing with the belief that he can actually compete with the big guns and he enters this match against Oscar Otte as the heavy favorite to advance to the Second Round here at the 2021 French Open.
Oscar Otte entered the main draw here at the 2021 French Open via the Qualifying Rounds where he was outstanding, cruising through his three matches without losing a set. Currently ranked #152, the German has mainly plied his trade on the Challenger Tour in recent times, with some success. Despite his outstanding play in the Qualifiers, he is immediately thrust into the limelight as he will face one of the very best players in the world in Alexander Zverev, and will have to be at his absolute best to even make this competitive. Otte enters this match as a massive underdog and it will take a miracle for him to get the win here, and advancing here at Roland Garros 2021.
This will be the first time that the two players have faced each other on the ATP Tour, and their head to head is tied at 0-0. This is a very straightforward match to call, and it will result in a straight-sets win for Alexander Zverev. The German is considered a threat to win the title here at the 2021 French Open, and quite frankly is on a different level to his opponent Oscar Otte. The Qualifier has looked good in his three matches thus far, but the main draw is a whole different ball game. I expect Zverev to cruise to victory here in straight sets, advancing to the Second Round here at Roland Garros 2021.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in straight sets.