World No.6, Alexander Zverev will take on World No 128, Hugo Dellien in the round of 32 of the 2021 Italian Open on May 12.
- Tournament: ATP Rome Masters 1000
- Match: Alexander Zverev vs Hugo Dellien
- Round: Second Round
- Date: 12th May, 2021
- Prize Money: € 18,000
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Clay Court
Alexander Zverev vs Hugo Dellien: Preview
The World No.6 didn’t get off to a promising start on the clay this season, but after his triumph in the Spanish capital last week, he is once again back in the reckoning. The 24-year-old knocked off the challenge of Matteo Berrettini in the three-set, epic final at Caja Magica on Sunday. On his way to the fourth Masters 1000 title, he defeated Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal.
The German has tasted success before at the Rome Masters in 2017, when he beat Novak Djokovic for the title. Given his recent heroics, he is expected to make another deep run in the eternal city this week. If he ends up with another title in the Italian capital, Zverev will join the elite club of Nadal and Djokovic to win consecutive titles in Madrid and Rome.
On the other hand, the 27-year-old veteran comes into this tournament after playing challenger events and plenty of qualifiers too. In fact, he didn’t win a main draw match at the ATP tour level in more than a year. However, his win over Adrian Mannarino in the opening round would have given the Bolivian some boost coming into this clash. He even beat quality players in Jaume Munar and Aljaz Bedene in the first two rounds of the qualies in Rome this week. Although he remains Bolivia’s best clay courter, it is hard to see him going any further in this tournament.
Alexander Zverev vs Hugo Dellien: Head to Head
These two have met only once on the tour till now and that was in 2017, when the German beat the Bolivian in three sets on the clay courts of Geneva.
Alexander Zverev vs Hugo Dellien: Prediction
Dellien might have pushed Zverev in their only meeting, but it is well know what a miserable time the German was having in 2019 on the tour. At the moment, Zverev is on a high after his success in Madrid and should cruise through this opener without any hiccups.
Match Prediction: Alexander Zverev should win in two sets.