Tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun-Lu Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

German world number 5 Alexander Zverev starts off his quest for the Olympic Gold with a first round match against 37 year old veteran Yen Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei

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No.4 seed Zverev faces Yen-Hsun-Lu in the first round of the Olympics

Tokyo hosts the first round clash between German world number 5 Alexander Zverev and 37-year-old Chinese Taipei international Yen-Hsun-Lu on Saturday.

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TournamentTokyo Olympics
MatchAlexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun-Lu
RoundFirst Round
Date24th July 2021
VenueTokyo, Japan
SurfaceHard Court

Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun-Lu : Preview

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Alexander Zverev lost to Canadian Felix-Augur-Aliassime in the Round of 16 clash at Wimbledon

The 25-year-old German will be looking to put behind him a disappointing Wimbledon, in which he lost to Felix Auger Aliassime in the Round of 16 in a thrilling 5 setter which finished 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6. He also lost the Round of 16 clash in the Halle Open, a tournament in which he was seeded number 3.

Lu’s best ever performance in any Grand Slam came back in 2010 when he reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals and he will be looking to rekindle that form. At 37 years old, however, that form seems to be laying in a parallel universe.

Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun-Lu : Head To Head

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37-year-old Lu is nearing the twilight of his career

The pair have faced off twice and the Head to Head record stands at 1-1, with the meetings coming quite a while back, in 2016 and 2017 in the Canadian and Miami Opens respectively.

Alexander Zverev vs Yen-Hsun-Lu : Prediction

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Alexander Zverev is expected to comfortably move into the second round

Zverev was in a confident mood pre-tournament remarking that he sees himself as one of the favourites to claim the Gold medal in his first ever appearance at the Games. He also added confidently “I’m going there to compete for a medal for Germany.” 37-year-old Lu, a famous name on the Challenger circuit will be hoping to provide some resistance but that looks far too unimaginable 

Prediction: Zverev to win in straight sets

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