The top-seeded player of the tournament, Alexander Zverev, is set to face off against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the semifinals of the Bett1Hulks Indoors Tournament 2020 in Cologne.
- • Fixture: Alexander Zverev vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
• Tournament: Bett1Hulks Indoors
• Round: Semifinals
• Venue: Cologne, Germany
• Category: ATP 250 tournament
• Surface: Indoor Hard-court
• Timings: Approx. 5:30 pm IST, 1:00 pm BST
Alexander Zverev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: Match Preview
Alexander Zverev has been in good form this season, with a second-place finish at the US Open 2020 and a fourth-round exit at the French Open. The home favorite, he will be looking to clinch his first title this season.
His tournament has been fairly good, with a dominant 6-4, 6-1 victory over the unseeded Fernando Verdasco, and a murkier quarterfinal win over South African qualifier, Lloyd Harris. After comfortably winning the first set, an unfortunate series of events led to him losing the second set. However, the decider set was a cakewalk, with Harris providing little resistance. Zverev thus won the match with a scoreline of 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
Meanwhile, still relatively new to the ATP Tour, World No. 71 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina had a great Roland Garros campaign this year. He defeated notable names such as Dennis Novak, Hubert Hurkacz, and Cameron Norrie to reach the fourth round.
His road to the semifinals has been well fought-out, with him recording a 7-5, 6-4 victory over qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori, and producing a shock upset of the eighth seed, Marin Cilic, in a nail-biting match that ended with the scoreline 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2. He produced another resilient three-sets victory over Dennis Novak to reach the semifinals.
Alexander Zverev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fukina: Head-to-Head
The only previous meeting between the two players was in the fourth round at the US Open 2020, where Zverev crushed Fokina in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory. Thus, the head-to-head stands at 1-0 to Zverev.
Alexander Zverev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fukina: Match Prediction
With Alexander Zverev getting back to good form, it will be difficult to get past him. Moreover, he is also the top seed going into the tournament and is thus the overwhelming favorite to win the match in front of the home crowd.
However, Fokina shouldn’t be counted out; his pace and expertise in drop shots can prove to be a problem to Zverev if not dealt with appropriately.
Match Prediction: Alexander Zverev to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets.