Australian Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev, Preview, Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 02/15/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND -: Alexander Zverev of Germany and Novak Djokovic of Serbia cross paths after the first set during their singles final during Day Eight of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


In the fourth round of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic beat Milos Raonic in four sets, in a match that lasted close to four hours. The Serbian superstar will face Alexander Zverev in his next round match, which promises to be an exciting contest. The German player beat Dusan Lajovic in his previous match. 

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During the tournament, Zverev won his first-round match in four sets. Besides that, he’s won the rest of his matches in straight sets, putting him in a better position as we approach the business end of the tournament.

On the other hand, the last three matches for Djokovic have been around the 3-hour mark. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his fourth round match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev: Head-to-Head

Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev have played each other seven times, with the Serb winning five of those matches as compared to the German’s two wins.

Djokovic has won the last four encounters, which Zverev would be aware of. Their most recent match was a few weeks ago, at the ATP Cup 2021.

The match went into three intense sets and ended in the Serb’s favor, winning 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. Although, Zverev will have fond memories of beating Djokovic in the final of the 2018 ATP Finals in London. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Prediction

Djokovic is not feeling fully fit, and he made it known after his third-round win against Taylor Fritz. He stated that he tore his muscle around his rib cage.

He even went as far as stating that he felt unsure if he would be able to step on the court for his next match. However, he managed to get the job done against Raonic yesterday but wasn’t his usual self. 

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Zverev will step on the court with a better mindset and considering he has won his recent matches with ease, he finds himself in a better position going into the quarterfinals. 

Although Djokovic won their previous four matches, the German player has the best chance to beat a slightly uncomfortable Novak in their next match at the Australian Open 2021. 

Prediction: Alexander Zverev Beats Novak Djokovic in Four Sets 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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