Alexander Zverev vs Kyle Edmund ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Defending champ Zverev faces tough test in Edmund

Ricky Dimon in ATP 17 May 2018
  • Zverev vs Edmund is live from Rome on Thursday, 17 May from 5:00pm local time/4:00pm BST
  • Zverev is coming off a title in Madrid and he is the defending Rome champion
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Rome at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)
ROME, ITALY - MAY 16: Alexander Zverev of Germany waves to the crowd after defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy at the Internazionali BNL dItalia on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev is 19-3 in his last 22 matches heading into third-round action at the Rome Masters against Kyle Edmund on Thursday.

Alexander Zverev vs Kyle Edmund ATP Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis is live from Rome on Thursday, 17 May from 5:00pm local time/4:00pm BST 
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Is Alexander Zverev the biggest threat to Rafael Nadal at the French Open? It's hard to say at this point, but it's even harder to say that he definitely isn't.

Having defeated Dominic Thiem in the Madrid final and with Thiem losing his opening match at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Fabio Fognini on Wednesday, Zverev has been the undisputed second best player on clay so far during this spring swing. The 21-year-old is 13-1 in three-plus clay-court tournaments, with titles in Madrid and Munich to go along with a semifinal performance in Monte-Carlo.

Not only is Zverev adept on clay, but he is a borderline Masters 1000 specialist. The German has won three such titles in his career--Montreal and Rome last year preceding his recent Madrid triumph. Nobody came close to beating him last week, when Zverev rolled through five matches without losing a set, playing a tiebreaker, or dropping serve a single time. He faced only one break point the entire way.

ROME, ITALY - MAY 16: Alexander Zverev races to hit a shot against Matteo Berrettini. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
“All in all, I’m just really happy with how I played, that I could win my third Masters,” Zverev said following his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thiem. “So far it’s been pretty good for me on clay this year. Hopefully I can continue this kind of streak in Rome. Obviously the altitude fits me a little bit with my serve, with how I play, with me playing a little bit more aggressive than others. That definitely fits me.

“In general, the last 10 days have been pretty good–winning two titles in this time; one in Germany and this one here is massive. It’s been unbelievable. I’m not going to lie. I’m just going to do everything I can to continue this kind of streak.”

Zverev extended his winning streak to 10 matches when he defeated Italian wild card Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday night in Rome.

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The defending champion's reward is a third career showdown with Kyle Edmund on Thursday. Zverev leads the head-to-head series 2-0, although one of his wins came via retirement after they split sets on the red clay of Nice in 2016. A 2017 Beijing encounter saw the current world No. 3 get the job done 6-3, 7-6(3).

Edmund is already a much different player halfway through the 2018 campaign. The 23-year-old Brit turned in a breakthrough performance the Australian Open, where he toppled Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov--among others--en route to the semifinals. Up to 19th in the rankings, Edmund finished runner-up in Marrakech last month and he is coming off a quarterfinal result in Madrid. He is now 17-8 for the season following Rome wins over Malek Jaziri and Lucas Pouille.

Beating the 16th-seeded Pouille is nothing to sneeze at, but it's hardly out of the ordinary for Edmund. No stranger to facing--and upsetting--top players, Edmund advanced to the last eight in Madrid thanks in part to victories at the expense of David Goffin and Novak Djokovic. Based on Edmund's current form and his prowess on clay, a fatigued Zverev could be in trouble in this match.

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Alexander Zverev vs Kyle Edmund ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Defending champ Zverev faces tough test in Edmund

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