Basilashvili vs Zverev
2nd round match between Niko Basilashvili and Alex Zverev in Shanghai Masters.
Niko is in excellent form since US Open. He won the tournament in Beijing during the previous week with some great wins against Kyle Edmund, Del Potro, Sock and Verdasco. Here he started against Denis Shapovalov and I thought he will be fatigued, but it happened the opposite. He was so good on serve and in rallies, which helped him to win 6:2 6:2.
Alex Zverev is much accomplished player than Niko, that's true, but he is not in his best form right now. In Beijing he lost in the 2nd roung against Malek Jaziri in three sets and that was his only tournament after US Open, where he was surprised badly by Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round.
These two players have only one match during 2015 in qualifications in Marseille, when Zverev won in two close sets. Now the match is expected to be different. The odds for Basilashvili win are dropping, but it's absolutely crazy to play against Alex on hard courts, that's why I chose to play Basilashvili to take a set at decent odds. It's still risky, but if Niko doesn't show any fatigue, he will have really good chances tomorrow.
Basilashvili vs Zverev prediction
|Basilashvili +1.5 Sets AH||Pinnacle||1.97||9||0-2 LOST (-9 units)|