Alexander Zverev vs. Marco Cecchinato - 1/21/20 Australian Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Marco Cecchinato vs. Alexander Zverev - 2020 Australian Open First Round
Tuesday, January 21 2020
Alexander Zverev -1200 / Marco Cecchinato +700
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German prodigy, Alexander Zverev, meets Italian rising star Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the 2020 Australian Open on Tuesday 21st January 2020.
Alexander Zverev, once seen as the most exciting prospect for the future of tennis, had a terrible season in 2019. The German has completely lost control over his serve, anger and ability to win matches. Throughout the ATP Cup a few weeks ago, Zverev lost 3 matches to opponents which a couple of years ago he would have beat easily. Zverev had it all, was number 3 in the world, was challenging for big titles, and could have been number 1 in the world if he was able to keep his strong game up. Zverev will have to work extremely hard to ensure his 2020 is not the same.
Marco Cecchinato had a breakout first half of 2019, but then faded into the background. Cecchinato is a great player and moves amazingly around the court. However, the Italian’s game is only suited for Clay courts. Cecchinato struggles on hard courts and will have to ensure that his game evolves to be able to have longer seasons of competitive tennis.
This will be the first meeting between these two players and the only reason why I am favouring Zverev to win is because of Cecchinato’s lack of experience on hard courts. Zverev has won most of his titles on hard courts and will be able to use his experience and game style against Cecchinato who prefers Clay courts. Zverev will win this match, maybe not in straight sets, but he will win this match.
Alexander Zverev wins this match in 4 sets.