Sixth seed Alexander Zverev will open his Wimbledon campaign against Jiri Vesely on Monday.
The clay part of the year was a testing time for Zverev. He exited early in the tournaments in Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome. Zverev did reach the quarter-final at the French Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic. Since Roland Garros, he has taken part in two grass events. The first was the Stuttgart Open where he lost to Dustin Brown in the Round of 16. Then he played in the Halle Open where David Goffin beat him in the quarter-final.Embed from Getty Images
The 22-year-old is yet to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in his career so far. He has made the quarter-final two times, and both of them came at the French Open. His best finish at Wimbledon has been the fourth round, which he did in 2017. Zverev has done much better at the ATP events, but he has failed to cope up with the long matches at Grand Slam events. He has reached 17 ATP finals in his career, winning 11 of them.
He won the Geneva Open this year when he defeated Nicolas Jarry in the final. Zverev has defeated Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal in ATP finals before in his career. The German has shown that he possesses the talent to trouble the best. But he has lacked the stamina and composure to do it throughout five sets. He will hope to change that when he plays Vesely on Monday.
Vesely has entered the Wimbledon main draw via the qualifiers. He won all three of his qualifying games in straight sets. This will be the sixth time when Vesely has taken part in the main draw at Wimbledon. He has enjoyed the most Grand Slam success in this tournament as well. His record at Wimbledon is 10-5, which is by far the best compared to other majors. Vesely’s best finish here is the same as Zverev’s which is the fourth round.Embed from Getty Images
His ranking going into Wimbledon is 241st in the world, which is in stark contrast to Zverev, who is ranked fifth. Vesely’s best ranking came in 2015 when he reached the top 100. He has a single ATP title to his name, which came at the Auckland Open in 2015. Wimbledon will be Vesely’s second Grand Slam this year after he made the Australian Open main draw in January.
Grass is his favorite surface as he has won more than 60% of games on grass in his career. Vesely is 4-1 on grass this year. The two players have not met before in a professional match in their careers.
Alexander Zverev vs Jiri Vesely Prediction
Zverev will be the favorite to get the opening win against Vesely. His form is not the best, but he should get the job done against Vesely in four or fewer sets. Vesely has dropped off in recent years, and another first-round exit is likely for the Czech.