Alexander Zverev aims to take down Novak Djokovic in Wednesday’s crucial popcorn match
With only two women’s and two men’s quarter-finals matches scheduled for Wednesday at the French Open, James Spencer has decided to simmer it down into the two must watch popcorn clashes.
Simona Halep (3) vs Amanda Anisimova
The defending champion has looked in ominous form of late, winning her last two rounds comfortably in straight sets.
Halep is now the heavy favourite to retain her crown. However, 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova is tipped for big things in the future and has certainly stamped her mark on this tournament by making the quarter-finals.
Anisimova has nothing to lose and perhaps the underdog can cause a shock against the former world number one.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Alexander Zverev (5)
The Serbian has made smooth progress to the quarter-finals and, like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, hasn’t burnt too much energy out on the court. He too is very fresh for this quarter-final.
In stark contrast, Alexander Zverev’s path to the quarter-finals hasn’t been an easy one as he twice required five sets to beat the likes of Australian John Millman and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic. With only one straight sets win in four matches at the French Open, Sasha Zverev has certainly clocked more air miles than most of his other quarter-final companions.
This is only the young German’s second Grand Slam quarter-final. We say only as the 22-year-old has gone as high as world number three and has achieved so much in winning three Masters 1000 at such a young age. He is the only player outside the big four of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray to have won multiple Masters 1000 titles. Such is the scale of how much Zverev has achieved since leaping onto the scene two seasons ago.
Zverev will be confident after previously ousting Djokovic in big matches winning the title decider at the 2017 Italian Open in straight sets and in becoming ATP Finals champion as he again defeated Djokovic comfortably in the final last year.
Sasha, as he likes to be known, will have to make use of the drop shots, play very attacking tennis and he cannot afford to be passive if he is to beat Djokovic again. He may have beaten the world No 1 in best of three sets easily but winning in five sets against the Serbian is a different ball game.
Follow James Spencer on Twitter @JamesTennis17
More from Tennis365:
Bernard Tomic still has drive to compete, saying ‘I don’t need to play tennis again, I’ve got enough money’
“I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing.”
Dominic Thiem: ‘My wish for 2021 is to win a second Grand Slam title’
Dominic Thiem eyes a second Grand Slam trophy.
VIDEO and PICS: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams among tennis stars to arrive in Australia
This way for a video and pics of arrivals in Australia.
Official insists no special Australian Open treatment for Andy Murray after positive COVID-19 result
Andy Murray warned he won’t get preferential treatment.
Madison Keys latest player to miss Australian Open charter flight after testing positive for coronavirus
Madison Keys unlikely to play at Australian Open.
Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.
Andy Murray Australian Open appearance in doubt after positive test for Covid
Murray is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date.
Dominic Thiem’s coach tests positive for COVID-19, but hopes to link up with Austrian ‘soon’
Nicolas Massu hopes to fly Down Under in a few weeks.
‘It feels great,’ says Hubert Hurkacz after starting 2021 with Delray Beach Open trophy
Hubert Hurkacz captures second ATP Tour title.
Australian Open drama as player reveals he was allowed to board flight despite positive COVID-19 test
Tennys Sandgren allowed to fly despite positive test.