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Alexander Zverev v David Ferrer ATP Rotterdam tennis predictions & live stream preview: Zverev seeks first ever victory over Ferrer

Leye Aduloju 12 Feb 2018
  • Alexander Zverev vs David Ferrer is live from Rotterdam on Monday, 12 February from 7:30pm local time/ 6:30pm GMT
  • Ferrer defeated Zverev in both of their previous meetings
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Rotterdam at Unibet > sports > tennis
Alexander Zverev. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

It’s a battle of different generations in Rotterdam as Alexander Zverev begins his ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament campaign against Spanish veteran, David Ferrer on Monday.

Alexander Zverev vs David Ferrer ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament tennis is live from Rotterdam on Monday, 12 February from 7:30pm local time/ 6:30pm GMT. Watch and bet on tennis live from Rotterdam at Unibet > sports > tennis



The German has been on a rapid rise up the ATP ladder in the last couple of seasons, breaking into the top four by the end of 2017. Yes, his quest has been helped by the spate of injuries ravaging the top of the men’s game, but the 20-year-old has seized his chance, and has become a top player in his own rights. Zverev claimed two Masters 1000 titles last season, beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the Rome and Montreal finals respectively, while adding trophies in Montpellier and the ATP 500 meet in Washington.

The one major criticism remains his no-show at Grand Slams, as he still searches for his first quarter-final at that level. His encountered more disappointment at the 2018 Australian Open, where he capitulated in a five-set loss to fellow Next Gen star, Hyeon Chung in the third round. 

Zverev is playing his first ATP tournament since the Australian Open, after skipping a title-defence at last week’s Open Sud de France in Montpellier. He can recoup some points this week in Rotterdam, having fallen to Dominic Thiem in the opening round last year. The German is coming off some good success in the Davis Cup, where he scored a very satisfying straight-sets victory over Nick Kyrgios in Brisbane to guide Germany into the World Group quarter finals. 

Zverev is a potential semi-final opponent for the No. 1-hunting Roger Federer’s in tough Rotterdam field, but before all of that, the German must first take down David Ferrer in Monday’s opener.
Former top ten mainstay, Ferrer is obviously not as good and consistent as he once used to be, with age and injuries taking their tolls on what has been a magnificent career. The former world number three is currently down at No. 39 following a lengthy lean spell, but there have been signs of a mini-resurgence in the last few months. 

The 27-time ATP World Tour titlist returned to the winners’ circle in Bastad last July, almost two years after his previous ATP success in Vienna 2015. 

David Ferrer. (Photo by Pat Scala/Getty Images)
Ferrer also reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati, scoring impressive wins Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Thiem before stretching Nick Kyrgios to two tie breaks in the last four. That result took him back into the top 25, but a run of three opening round defeats in his final four tournaments of the season pulled him to a year-end ranking of 37, his worst season-ending mark since 2004.

Ferrer began the 2018 campaign on an encouraging note, reaching the semi-finals in Auckland, but he crashed to another opening round defeat at the Australian Open, falling in five sets to Next Gen star, Andrey Rublev.

Interestingly, Ferrer holds a 2-0 advantage over Zverev in their career meetings- a 6-0 6-1 hammering on the clay of Hamburg in 2014, and a 6-7 6-1 7-5 victory in Beijing in 2016. Zverev, obviously, has been on a constant rise since then, and Ferrer, struggling just to keep his neck above water. Twice in the last three years, Zverev has suffered opening round defeats in Rotterdam, I doubt that will be the case this year. Ferrer will be typically gritty- that is the only way he knows how to play- but I’m backing Zverev, after his Davis Cup heroics, to power to his first ever victory over the Spanish veteran on Monday.

Alexander Zverev vs David Ferrer is live from Rotterdam on Monday, 12 February from 7:30pm local time/ 6:30pm GMT


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Alexander Zverev v David Ferrer ATP Rotterdam tennis predictions & live stream preview: Zverev seeks first ever victory over Ferrer

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