Alexander Zverev vs Kevin Anderson ATP Montreal tennis tips, Predictions and Live Stream: Zverev takes on Anderson in a repeat of last week's Washington final

Leye Aduloju in ATP 11 Aug 2017
  • Alexander Zverev vs Kevin Anderson is live from Montreal on Friday, 11 August from 8:00pm local time/ 1:00am BST
  • Zverev has won all three previous meetings, including last week's Washington final
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Alexander Zverev. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson meet for the second time in a week, as the big-hitting pair battle for a spot in the Rogers Cup semi-finals.

Alexander Zverev vs Kevin Anderson ATP Rogers Cup tennis is live from Montreal on Friday, 11 August from 8:00pm local time/ 1:00am BST
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Zverev scored a dominant win over Anderson in last week’s Washington final to claim his fourth title of an outstanding season- can he do an encore in this Montreal meeting, or will the South African get his revenge?

Just like it was in Washington, Zverev made a slow start in Montreal, escaping a tough three-setter in his opener against Richard Gasquet. Zverev’s mental fortitude has again been very evident this week. He saved three match points in that opening win over Gasquet, one of them with a forehand winner to punctuate a sensational 49-point rally, and then followed up that up with a first ever win over Nick Kyrgios in the battle of the young guns on Thursday night.

Zverev had already suffered two defeats to Kyrgios this year- at Indian Wells and Miami- but he put in an extremely professional performance to overcome a dangerous ailing opponent. Kyrgios struggled with an on-going hip problem throughout the contest, but he was still banging down the serves, and pulling off those trick shots- often to the frustration of his German rival. Zverev fell for it earlier in the year, and he got sucked in a few times on Thursday, but he found the right shots at the right moments to score a 6-4 6-3 victory. The 21-year-old was particularly strong in saving break points. He got the first break of the match for a 2-1 lead, but fended off six break points in his next two service game to just about keep Kyrgios at bay in the opening set. 

The fourth seed broke again mid-way through the second set to take a firm grip on the match, but Kyrgios made one last stand as the German served at 4-3. The Australian stepped up the aggression to get to 15-40 but he missed two very makeable forehands to blow his chance. Zverev wrapped up the match in the next game, producing three glorious backhand winners to break the Australian to love.

“I'm happy to be through. Obviously against him, it's not easy because he's one of the biggest servers that we have. He plays with not a lot of rhythm,” Zverev said.
 
The world number eight is into his fourth Masters 1000 quarter final of the season, having made the last eight in Miami and Madrid, before going all the way to the title in Rome. The confident German will fancy his chances of further progress in Montreal, as he takes on Anderson in Friday’s quarter finals.


Anderson has carried on his form from Washington, where he reached his first ATP final since winning Winston-Salem in August 2015. The 31-year-old is yet to drop a set in Montreal, taking out Dudi Sela and Pablo Carreno-Busta in the opening two rounds, before dismissing last week’s Los Cabos champion, Sam Querrey in the Round of 16 to reach the Rogers Cup quarter finals for the third time in four years. He made the last eight in 2014 and 2016, when the tournament was held in Toronto.

Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Following a lengthy battle with injuries, Anderson is finally playing some consistent tennis, showing some of the form that took him to the top ten in late 2015. He never really got going in 2016 as a series of injuries derailed his progress, and a hip injury at the end of the year delayed his start to 2017. The South African eventually opened his campaign in Memphis, but did not quite find his feet until a surprisingly decent European clay season. A third round run in Barcelona was followed by a semi-final in Estoril, and he subsequently made the quarter finals in Geneva and the Round of 16 at Roland Garros. Since the start of Wimbledon, Anderson has won 10 of 13 matches, reaching the fourth round at the All England Club, the final in Washington, and now the Rogers Cup quarter finals.

Can he turn the tables on Zverev to reach his first Rogers Cup semi-final on Friday?

Anderson is yet to beat Zverev in three attempts. He has fallen twice in Washington- in 2015 and 2017- and also on the clay of Rome earlier this year. The South African will have to serve a lot better than he managed in last week’s Washington final if he is to have any chance to breaking his duck against the young German.

Zverev will dominate most of the groundstrokes, his backhand is one of the best in the business, and his forehand is far more solid than Anderson’s, which can leak errors under pressure. Except Anderson serves well enough to force a couple of tie breaks, Zverev should move into the Rogers Cup semis.

Alexander Zverev vs Kevin Anderson is live from Montreal on Friday, 11 August from 8:00pm local time/ 1:00am BST


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Alexander Zverev vs Kevin Anderson ATP Montreal tennis tips, Predictions and Live Stream: Zverev takes on Anderson in a repeat of last week's Washington final

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