“See It As a Fresh New Start”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Not Bothered with 5-1 H2H Against Alexander Zverev Ahead of Mexican Open 2021 Finals

Published 03/20/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 18, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates during his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo


World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas will be up against World No.7 Alexander Zverev in the final of the Mexican Open 2021 tomorrow. It’ll be a battle for the title and both the youngsters will try to get their hands on their first trophy of the season. Fans expect a nail-biting finale, especially after witnessing both of them in some good form lately.

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In the build-up to the final, Stefanos Tsitsipas talked about his preparations and stuff. He mentioned that he would be playing some great tennis tomorrow in order to win the title. He also praised Alexander Zverev and claimed that he also has the same ‘ruth’ as himself.

“I’ll be playing good tennis. Feeling well on the court. He (Zverev) has the same ruth as me to get to where he is right now. So, I see it as a fresh new start,” said Tsitsipas in the interview.

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The Greek player highlighted that it would be a different match tomorrow even though he maintains a 5-1 lead over Zverev in the head-to-head matches.

“Tomorrow is a different match. I don’t think we have faced each other in the finals before. It’s probably going to be the first time and I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking to bring some good tennis from my side,” added the 22-year-old.

Stefanos Tsitsipas v Alexander Zverev: Preview

The top-seeded player Tsitsipas has led a great campaign at the Mexican Open 2021 so far. He defeated John Isner, Felix-Auger Aliassime, and Lorenzo Musetti to book his place in the finale. Interestingly, the Greek player has lost just a single set in the tournament so far.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his first-round match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

On the other hand, second-seeded Zverev too has shown some character in the Mexican Open so far. The German player hasn’t lost a single set so far and has crushed all his opponents. He defeated Dominik Koepfer in the semis to book his place in the championship match.

Tsitsipas will surely come prepared to face the powerful and dangerous forehands of Zverev. Apart from this, the World No.7 player has also got a huge serve and often takes a lot of free points on serve. However, he too will have to respond to some strong and classy single-hand backhands from Tsitsipas, apart from his cheeky drops.

The Greek player often sets up his opponent by first inviting them forward and then delivering an amazing winner.

Stefanos Tsitsipas v Alexander Zverev: Head-to-Head

Tsitsipas has a huge lead over Zverev in head-to-head competition as he has won five matches out of a total of six. Although it was Zverev who won their first face-off in the US, Tsitsipas won the last five encounters against the German.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 18, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter-final match against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

Their last meeting was at the ATP Cup 2020 where Tsitsipas steamrolled over Zverev in straight sets.

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Tsitsipas v Zverev: Prediction

Even though Zverev is enjoying a great run Tsitsipas will surely be starting as the favorite. The World No.5 player has got a great temperament and handles the pressure of a big match better than Zverev.

There is a pattern with Zverev where he fails to deliver when it matters the most. However, he too has the experience of a Grand Slam final and can prove to be a threat to Tsitsipas.

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Whoever emerges as the winner, it’ll be from a next-gen superstar. Will Tsitsipas extend his dominance over Zverev in the head-to-head or will Zverev turn the tables around this time?

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