Alexander Zverev will seek to finally get his clay season up and running after a poor year to date on the surface. The 2017 Rome champion and 2018 losing finalist will begin against a surging Matteo Berrettini, a wildcard now ranked inside the top 40 after a strong year.
The Italian is fairly consistent on both wings and plays a more aggressive style than many of his countrymen and has picked up some good wins in the past 12 months on both hard and clay court. He has two ATP Tour clay titles in that time with his Budapest title last month being added to that of his Gstaad one last year. He would have been a direct entrant in a few more weeks but had to settle for a wildcard entry due to his rise up the rankings coming after the cut off.
Zverev is without Ivan Lendl once more as he seeks to figure out how to reverse his disappointing run of form this season. He was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Madrid quarter finals, a slightly more admirable loss than those against the likes of Nicolas Jarry and Jaume Munar earlier in the season. “Playing more aggressive in the more important moments because that is why I lost today. Let’s be realistic.” He said, on what needs to improve. “And to step up and play the same way even in the important moments. This is something I was always doing really well the last year and I got to get that back again.”
The German needs to win this tournament to have any chance of a top four seed in Paris but is not too concerned about his likely placing outside of it. “Once I play well, I know that I can be on a court with anybody. And this is the most important for me.” he said.
Prediction – Alexander Zverev in three sets