Australian Open 2022: Alexander Zverev vs. Denis Shapovalov Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Alexander Zverev vs. Denis Shapovalov Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Alexander Zverev takes on Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022.

The honeymoon period is over for Alexander Zverev as he looks set to face his first seeded opponent at this year’s Australian Open. Will the German buckle from the sheer force of Denis Shapovalov’s shots? Or could this be the start of something special for the number three seed?

Alexander Zverev got a lucky break when the draw of the Australian Open filled out the tennis spreadsheets. He was projected to have a smooth path to the second week without facing a single seeded player. And it materialized. The German saw off the challenges of Daniel Altmaier, John Millman and more recently Radu Albot. None of those players is ranked higher than 87th, which is why Zverev did not even need to go into overdrive. He admitted to having personal struggles in beating the Moldovan but it was an assured display that saw him nullify all break points he faced. The projected quarterfinal meeting against Rafael Nadal is on, but he will need to take down an in-form Denis Shapovalov.

Denis Shapovalov reached the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time after edging out Reilly Opelka in four sets. The left-handed Canadian was the aggressor and instinctively the better mover throughout their three-hour battle on Margaret Court Arena. Shapovalov was happy from the fact that he took his chances. And boy did he do it well. He fashioned 12 break point chances against one of the best servers in the men’s game, and clinically converted three of them. That was the window of opportunity he needed to advance into the Round of 16.

Alexander Zverev leads the head-to-head over Denis Shapovalov 4-2. Their last two meetings have all come on Australian soil and which stands at one-win apiece. Shapovalov won a singles rubber at the 2020 ATP Cup, before Zverev avenged that defeat at the same tournament 12 months later. I think Shapovalov’s brute firepower and movement will cause all sorts of trouble to Zverev. But the Canadian has looked erratic at times particularly in that five-setter against Kwon. I am not entirely convinced he can hang with Zverev for over three sets.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexander Zverev in four sets.

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