Fixture: (4) Stefanos Tsitsipas vs (2) Alexander Zverev
Date: 7 May 2022.
Tournament: Madrid Open.
Venue: Madrid, Spain.
Category: ATP Masters 1000.
Prize money: €6,744,165.
Match Timing: Not before 9 pm local time, 7 pm GMT, 12.30 am IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video | India - Sports18 & Voot
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev preview
Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Alexander Zverev for a place in the finals of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
Tsitsipas faced a tricky quarterfinal opponent in Andrey Rublev. The Greek player started off really well and looked in sublime touch, taking the opening set 6-3. Rublev fought back in the second set, hitting some unbelievable passing shots to take the match into a decider.
His plan looked like it was working in the final set too, but Tsitsipas found a way back into the match and eventually won 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Alexander Zverev, meanwhile, faced Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals. The defending champion looked devastating from the baseline, hitting clean backhand winners to put pressure on Auger-Aliassime.
Zverev served nine double faults against the Canadian and that's an area of his game he will need to work on ahead of the semifinals.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev head-to-head
This will be the 11th meeting between the two players, with Tsitspas leading the head-to-head 7-3. His most recent victory against the German came at the Monte-Carlo Masters earlier this year.
A majority of their matches have gone the distance, with their five-set epic at Roland Garros last year being among the best matches the pair have played.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev odds
(All odds sourced from Oddschecker)
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev prediction
Both players are offensive baseliners, but Tsitsipas has the ability to approach the net quite often. Tsitsipas will look to take the ball early and prevent Zverev from settling into any kind of rhythm or using his backhand to set up the points.
Zverev will need to be patient and not commit too many unforced errors or double faults. Given how well Tsitsipas is playing, the German will have to play exceptionally well to topple the Greek, who will be the favorite to win the match.
Pick: Tsitsipas to win in 3 sets.