Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev – 14.11.2017 – Betting Tip
Both men got off to a victorious kick-off to the season-ending event by beating the likes of Jack Sock and Marin Cilic in Sunday’s affairs. Whilst the Swiss superstar clinched the landmark 50th win of the season, the German managed his first ever victory in his debut appearance in front of the London crowd at O2 Arena.
Sascha is targeting a deep run after beating the Croat on Sunday, but can he leave the mark against the second seed on Tuesday? Enjoy the full preview including everything you need to know ahead of the second round’s clash of generations in our Sports Betting Strategies article.
The Swiss returned to the O2 Arena in some style as he maintained the perfect record in Fedex ATP Head to head Stats against Jack Sock. Roger made it four wins in four clashes with the American against whom he is yet to relinquish a set. The World No 2 made 14 subsequent appearances at the season-ending tournament before seeing the run snapped last year when the injury ruled him out.
Federer, who aims his record seventh silverware in London, survived a stern Sock test in spite of the American’s strong serving display, particularly in the second set. Roger took advantage of the early nerves by Sock grabbing a break in the very opening game. It proved out to be the lone break of the 1 hour 31 minutes contest as the American showed a decent resistance later on.
Nonetheless, in spite of a remarkably high first serve percentage for the surprising Paribas BNP Masters Paris winner, Federer was in complete control throughout the entire match and it was only a matter of time when the Swiss would eventually make the deciding step. It did not happen before the second-set tiebreak with Jack saving the total of five break points.
Eventually, Roger closed it out after Sock’s backhand return went long to make it 7-4 for the Swiss in the 13th-game of the second set.
Zverev did not arrive in London in stellar form, but he still managed to clinch a super important win on the opening day. The German showed mental strength by coming back from a break down in the deciding set against the big-serving Croat Marin Cilic.
At the age of 20, Sascha is the youngest to secure the appearance at the season-ending tournament since Juan-Martin Del Potro back in 2008. The German produced a fine attacking display in the opening set which saw him firing 12 winners to Marin’s three. The drop volley winner saw Zverev breaking the much more experienced Croat early on and his fine overall display from the baseline led him to claiming a 44-minute opener.
Cilic engaged a plan B to bounce back in the second set widely changing his tactics provoking the German’s unforced errors mainly from the forehand side. It seemed he did the job when he broke Zverev early on in the decider, but the momentum swung back and forth once again as Sascha came up clutch in the big moments to take subsequent breaks and close out the clash 6-4 in the third and come on top after two hours and 31 minutes.
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Head to Head and Stats
The duo has crossed paths four times so far with the Fedex ATP Head to Head stats tied at two wins apiece. Rogers stormed past the NextGen in the second round of Rome Masters last year in their first ever H2H meeting, but Sascha shocked the Swiss in Halle’s semis just a month later after three thrilling sets.
Interestingly, the two have met at the same place one year later as Roger got a sweet revenge in the final of one of his most favourite events in the calendar. Nonetheless, Alexander made it all square in the head to head stats at the Rogers Cup final in Montreal when he stunned Federer with a straight-set win.
Out Tips and Predictions
Roger has had an exceptional season which saw him lose no more than four matches throughout the year. The first-round display showed how determined he is to go for the record seventh title at Nitto ATP World Tour Finals. The indoors conditions at O2 Arena suit his aggressive style perfectly and we have to see him as a massive favourite to take the full control over the Group on Tuesday.
Zverev did grab the initial win on his debut in London, but he’ll have to look for his chances in the third-round’s affair with Sock on Thursday. Grabbing a set against the red-hot Swiss should be too big of a challenge for the German youngster at this stage.
Betting sites in Nigeria see Federer as 1/4 favourite to take the new lead in his H2H stats with Zverev and it should honestly be a banker bet that can hardly let you down. At the same time, it won’t make anyone rich, which is why we’ll be brave enough to predict Roger winning this in straight sets at much more convenient 4/5 odds.
Alternatively, Federer -3.5 handicap is priced at the 3/4 odds.