Alexander Zverev (1.59) v Matteo Berrettini (2.68)
Due to start at 17:30
Zverev leads their previous matches 2-1. Their most recent meeting was in October 2019 in Shanghai. Zverev won their semi final on a hard court in straight sets. Berrettini won on clay in Rome in May 2019. He won in 2 sets. Zverev won on clay in 2018 in 2 sets. That was also in Rome.
Both players have strong long term overall results. Zverev has a small lead. Berrettini’s long term clay win percentage is a little better. He has won 37 of his last 50 on clay. Zverev won 34 of 50. Berrettini has better clay results in the last 12 months.
Berrettini has served well this week. He didn’t face a break point in the semi final against a disappointing Casper Ruud. He has faced a strong clay player in every round. He has been broken 4 times in 4 matches. Three of those breaks were against Christian Garin in the quarter final.
Zverev has not lost a set in the tournament so far. He has also faced tough opponents and beat Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem in the last 2 rounds. Both those opponents were below their best. he has been broken once in each round and only faced 9 break points in 4 matches.
Stats for the tournament have them even on service holds. Everything else favours Zverev. Back Zverev around 2.00 to 2.10. if Berrettini continues to serve well he may take a tie break set.
Update. This was a very tight match. Berrettini won the first break of serve for a 4-3 lead but was immediately broken back. The set ended up in a tie break. Berrettini took a 5-0 lead. Berrettini served for the set at 6-4 but didn’t take it. Zverev had a set point on Berrettini’s serve. Serving at 8-8, Zverev double faulted and Berrettini took the set point.
The second set was also close and Berrettini didn’t lose a point on his serve for 3 service games. A late break for Zverev gave him a 5-4 lead and he served out the set.
In the deciding set Zverev broke for a 3-2 lead and Berrettini’s game dropped a level. he was making a lot more errors. Another break for Zverev gave him the match.
Zverev won 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
I have had a handful of questions asking about the advice that I give on this blog and also on Twitter. The most common question is asking if the tips are intended to be backed and left to run.
The short answer is “NO”. The slightly longer answer is “HELL NO”. The long answer is that I very rarely leave a back bet to run until the end of the match. I can think of just 2 occasions in the last year. The clue is in the title of the site. The tips are for TRADING.
The aim of the match picks on here and in the Daily Trading Tips emails is to give you a value entry point. After that you need to manage your position. If you have little tennis trading experience here are some simple ways to manage the trade:
Once the price has reached the target price and you have entered your first trade you are waiting for a significant price move in your favour. This can be a break of serve or your player wins the set. Then you should remove some or all of your liability (risk).
If your player does not perform well and gets broken after you have entered the trade then you can exit with a loss.