TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Alexander Zverev takes on Yen-Hsun Lu in the Round of 64 on Sunday, July 25th, 2021.
Will Yen-Hsun Lu pull off a massive upset? Will Alexander Zverev make a strong showing to kick off his campaign? Saturday’s contest will be one to watch, where we will see if Alexander Zverev has the level to be a title contender. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Alexander Zverev should have a ton of confidence in this match, his opponent is barely ranked in the top 600 and considering Zverev’s recent form, he should get through it no problem. He can beat almost anyone right now, but struggles against top players in big matches, particularly grand slams, if Zverev struggles in this match, then that’s definitely not a good sign for him. But, if he’s able to just get this nice easy win under his belt, he should be fresh for his next match and ready to contend with the big boys for the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Yen-Hsun Lu is barely ranked in the top 600, and with his current results, he has practically zero chance. Zverev will definitely need to play quite badly to get knocked out, and Lu will have to put on an amazing performance at the same time. It’ll be really hard for him no doubt, but maybe with the right amount of luck and the support of his home crowd he’ll be able to fight and push Zverev even a little bit. With a career high of 86 over 16 years ago, he really doesn’t have a lot of experience at all against these top guys, so it’s a huge ask for him to be able to progress.
Alexander Zverev and Yen-Hsun Lu have met two times before, with the head to head being tied at 1-1. This may be quite surprising considering what I just said, but Lu’s win came 5 years ago, much before Zverev was a top player, and Lu was definitely quite a bit younger as well. I don’t expect a close match at all, and it would be one of the biggest upsets in tennis history ranking wise, and by far the biggest upset of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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