Alexander Zverev looks to make his first fourth round at the US Open on Saturday in what should be a very winnable clash against Aljaz Bedene. However, the German still looks a completely different player in best of five and always has to be vulnerable.
Bedene is in his first third round at the US Open after an unlikely comeback win against Benoit Paire, eventually downing the Frenchman in a fifth set tiebreak. Before that he had come from 40-0 down on the Frenchman’s serve to save match points in the fourth. The Slovenian’s decision to play a Challenger Tournament in Portoroz may have turned out to be inspired, with the title he earned there giving him confidence coming into New York.
Zverev once again was taken five sets in a match he should have closed out much earlier, eventually outlasting Frances Tiafoe 6-3 3-6 6-2 2-6 6-3. While his ability to come out on top in these matches more often than not should be applauded, it eventually catches up to him if he gets to the deeper end of tournaments. This win saw him make it 9 of the last 10 deciding sets he has won now at a slam.
In theory, this should be one for the German to get a clean and quick win under his belt. However, he remains hard to predict and until he kills off matches quicker he can’t be considered a legitimate contender to perform at the deep end of slams – even if he is a consistent top 10 player.
Prediction – Alexander Zverev in straight sets