Alexander Zverev will be looking to prove his early round slam struggles are a thing of the past when he takes to the court on Day 4 of the Australian Open for his second round match. He will play the Belarussian Egor Gerasimov for a spot in round three.
Gerasimov is another who has finally made the breakthrough to the main tour after a lengthy period at Challenger level. The 27 year-old does boast a big serve as he showcased in round one, hitting 21 aces in a five set match with Casper Ruud. It was a good win for him as he avoided a huge collapse from two sets up against the Norwegian. Gerasimov does have some other good wins to his name including John Isner and Matteo Berrettini late last year.
The Zverev that we saw in the 6-4 7-6 6-3 win over Marco Cecchinato was much improved from that of the ATP Cup, where he lost three matches quite comfortably in representing Germany. The German recovered from a break down in of the three sets, showing great resolve against his opponent. “I didn’t play well at the ATP Cup, everybody saw that,” he admitted. “I was struggling a lot with my serve, I was struggling a lot with my groundstrokes. I think I was much more stable [today] than I was there. This is a positive for me. Obviously, there’s a lot still to build.”
This doesn’t look the type of match that even the Zverev of old would slip up with Gerasimov likely to be unable to keep up big serving deep into the match. A quarter final really is in the German’s grasp this year although an in-form Andrey Rublev will be among those trying to send Zverev home early.
Prediction – Alexander Zverev in straight sets