TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Alexander Zverev takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.
Will Nikoloz Basilashvili cause another upset as he looks to put Georgia on the map here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Will Alexander Zverev improve on his dominant performance in the second round? Both players know each other and know they can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Nikoloz Basilashvili came through a tight 3 set win over the in form Lorenzo Sonego in the second round, beating the Italian 6-3/3-6/6-4. Nikoloz Basilashvili is either a hit or miss player nowadays, being able to beat some big names like Roger Federer on his day, but also easily losing to a nobody a couple weeks later. Nikoloz is so talented and a great baseline rallier, but he just lacks consistency. Coming into this Round of 16 match, Nikoloz will have to be as consistent as possible if he wants to beat Alexander Zverev and reach the Quarter-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Alexander Zverev cruised through his second round match, beating Daniel Elahi Galan in straight sets 6-2/6-2. Alexander Zverev seems locked in here in Tokyo and he will be knowing that with all of his experience, success at a young age, and success in 2021, he needs to be making it to the business end of the tournament and competing for one of the 3 medals. Alexander is so tough to beat when his serve is firing because it is so hard to return and then he is also amazing from both wings of the court. Can Zverev cruise through another opponent in Nikoloz Basilashvili?
Alexander Zverev and Nikoloz Basilashvili have met 4 times before, with Alexander Zverev leading the head to head 3-1. They have always played tight matches, with half of their encounters going to 3 sets. They last met in 2019 and since then, Alexander Zverev has improved drastically I believe in big tournaments, whilst Nikoloz has still won some big titles, but he has been inconsistent a lot as well. I expect for this to be a tight match, but Zverev should win it in straight sets nonetheless. If Zverev’s serve is firing, there is no excuse for why he should not win this match in 2 sets and make his way to the Quarter-Finals here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexander Zverev in 2 Sets.
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