Third seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany meets Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain in the fourth round of the 2022 French Open on Sunday 29 May. Get the live streaming options of this match between Alexander Zverev and Bernabe Zapata Miralles as well as the preview under Head and Tips here.
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Alexander Zverev – Bernabe Zapata Miralles head to head
This will be their first meeting.
Zverev looks sharp
Alexander Zverev survived a big scare against Sebastian Baez in round two and narrowly escaped with his life in this round. Now in round four he meets another player who likes to attack and doesn’t think twice about it.
Zverev had a pretty decent draw against Brandon Nakashima in Round 3 and he was able to take care of it in straight sets. It wasn’t Zverev’s best, but sometimes he looked really good, which is important for him. The German can do his best when he has to but the first laps are usually complicated for him as he relaxes quite a bit.
It almost cost him against Nakashima too, when he threw away a lead in the final set with a break-up to play the tiebreak. He rallied from 1-3 to win it 7-5 but it was close. Zverev sometimes tends to play passively and takes very difficult shots.
He showed that today too, but the most important thing for him is that the serve works really well. He hit 18 aces and won 77% of the points after his first serve. When that number hovers around 80%, he’s incredibly difficult to beat.
Breakout for Zapata Miralles
Bernabe Zapata Miralles is a very interesting player who is playing very well in Paris. He’s flirted with the top 100 a few times, but he’s never been able to step inside. This year has been pretty solid for him with a 22-15 record. He’s 19-11 on clay and some of his games here have been really fun.
He has a good game and generally likes to attack. That’s all well and good, but his game is very up and down during his match. The win over Taylor Fritz was a big surprise, but even more so in just four sets. The win over Isner was a prototypical performance by Zapata as it took him 5 sets.
He could have ended it earlier, but that’s just him. His matches are a rollercoaster ride and his play follows that pattern. Sometimes he seems unplayable and sometimes he can’t miss the spot. In general, he’s been pretty accurate in Paris so far and has picked up a couple of winners in both games.
He can cause problems for Zverev especially when the German relaxes. Read on to see what could happen.
Zverev v Zapata Miralle’s prediction and tip
Obviously Zverev is the far better player and he has a far higher base level. If he’s serious about this match, he should finish it in straight sets. The talent gap is pretty amazing. Still, I expect this one to go to at least four, why? Because Zverev will do Zverev things and Zapata will do Zapata things.
I expected the Spaniard to have a spectacular set of tennis that will leave Zverev stunned. I expect Zverev to get complicated sometimes and get punished for it. Overall, the German’s serve should work well enough to keep Zapata away from many break chances.
That should be good enough to secure a win in four sets. Take Zverev.
The French Open 2022 will be held from May 22nd to June 5th. You can watch and bet on these games here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.