It will be a clash of an established youngster, ranked three on the ATP Tour, versus the rapidly rising Canadian teenager. All the pressure will be on Alexander Zverev to prove he is the man; however, given his recent spotty performance, Zverev may not be feeling quite so confident.
Zverev has only won one match on clay all season; however, Felix Auger-Aliassime is brimming with confidence on this surface. The Canadian has won seven matches on clay this season and even made it to the Rio Open final in February. He has already won a match at this tournament, so he has that added confidence going into this showdown. Will it be enough?
Never underestimate the young German, who has won four titles on clay (two of which were Masters 1000 events). Thus, he will not be an easy opponent for the Canadian to conquer. They both have big serves; however, Zverev has a more lethal backhand. The Canadian has a more lethal and consistent forehand at his disposal and perhaps he is a slightly better mover. They both struggle at net, so don’t expect to see much volleying going on between these two. Finesse shots may favor the young Canadian, who seems to have a bit more variety in his arsenal even at this young age.
Mental strength and experience at this level may tilt the tables in favor of the German; however, the teenager has been impressive in demonstrating his own brand of mental toughness. He may wobble at closing out the set or match; however, if he can maintain his calm, he will be a force to be reckoned with. Zverev and his team knows that this will be a battle and is sure to be prepared for the challenge.
May they both perform at their highest level at the same time and may the best player win.
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