Mexican Open 2021 Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev Preview, Prediction and Head-to-Head

Published 03/20/2021, 5:40 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, March 5, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Routed by Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open, Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a measure of redemption in the Tour events that followed his exit at Melbourne Park.

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He reached the last-four at Rotterdam and followed it up with a quarter-final appearance at Marseille.

Stefanos Tsitsipas to face Alexander Zverev in a next-gen showdown

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While failing to end up on the winner’s podium in his previous two Tour events, the current World Number 5 will have the title firmly in his sights as he goes to battle against German Alexander Zverev in the final of the Mexican Open on Sunday.

Tsitsipas downed high-flying Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the last-four clash on Saturday, going a step closer to lifting his first Tour title this year. The tall Italian, who upset World Number 16, Grigor Dimitrov, in the tournament quarters, had no answer to the Greek’s high-press tennis on the day as he was mauled 1-6, 3-6, in what turned out to be a rather lopsided affair.

Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021, Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his semi final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Zverev, who has also been able to bury the disappointment of another unsuccessful Rotterdam campaign with a string of wins in Acapulco, made short work of compatriot Dominik Koepfer on Saturday to set up a title showdown with the Greek.

The Greek’s dominance in head-to-head

While past records have little bearing on how a player shows up for a match and performs, the 23-year-old German will be well-advised to not be reminded of his head-to-head history with the World Number 5.

Tsitsipas currently holds a commanding 5-1 lead over the German in six head-to-head meetings.

The last of his wins over Zverev came at this year’s ATP Cup, with the latter going down 6-1, 6-4.

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While the two players will go into the big final level on skill, Tsitsipas’ superior track record will put him slightly ahead in the contest.

The Greek’s aggressive approach and attacking forays into the net, which was especially in evidence in his fourth-round win over big-serving American John Isner, has fetched him good returns so far in the tournament and is likely to play in a similar vein on Sunday.

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However, with a glittering trophy to play for, expect Zverev to give the Greek a good run for his money in the championship clash.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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