Zverev vs Nadal by Iniestaone

Mischa Zverev is facing Nadal in Brisbane and this is the first of many, many tips where I go against Nadal during spring. He has started the season well with several wins in exhibition matches in Abu Dhabi and a 6-3 6-3 win vs Dolgopolov in the first round in Brisbane. What conclusions do we draw from that? None. He had an easy time against Dolgo because Dolgo was being himself, throwing errors and missing easy shots. Not caring, or at least seemingly not caring. The fact is that Nadal will have a rough hardcourt season and Zverev is not an easy opponent to get past these days.

 

Zverev had a huge autumn, he is ranked 51st (he started 2016 as 171st) and is slowly coming back to his best ranking of 45. He plays with a very big variety, his serve volley is very good and he is left handed - Nadal usually struggles vs left handed players on non clay courts.

 

Nadal is being overvalued here, Zverev caused several upsets last year and was close to causing even more vs players like Djokovic. It seems like Zverev's injury problems are well behind him and I believe he will take a set from Nadal.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Zverev +1,5 sets Pinnacle 2.91 8 0-2 LOST (-8 units)
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