Zverev vs Chardy: how will Jeremy perform?
On July 29, Alexander Zverev takes on Jeremy Chardy in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics. Will the Frenchman put up a fight? Our answer is in the prediction below.
This season is going pretty well for Zverev. Alexander demonstrates stability in his game, therefore he retains his place in the top 5 of the world ranking. But he can't boast any big victories yet, except for maybe the trophy in Acapulco, which he got at the beginning of the year.
At the Olympics, Alexander has not yet lost a single set. But none of his opponents were on the same level as Zverev. Lu Yen-Hsun, Daniel Galan, and Nikoloz Basilashvili were easily outplayed in two straight sets.
After a series of unsuccessful matches on clay and grass, Chardy is showing good results on hard. Here in Tokyo, he first defeated the Chilean Barrios Vera (6-1, 7-6), and then dealt with Aslan Karatsev (7-5, 4-6, 6-3). The last opponent of the Frenchman was Liam Broady. Jeremy outplayed the Briton with a score of 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.
It is worth mentioning that this season Chardy played 18 matches on hard, 12 of which he won. He even played in the semifinals at tournaments in Antalya and Melbourne.
Four tie-breaks were played in the last two head-to-head matches.
In 3 out of 5 head-to-head matches, the players exchanged winning sets.
Zverev had some problems in the match against Basilashvili. The Georgian managed to impose the fight on Alexander. We think Chardy can do it, too. In the previous three matches, Jeremy hit 46 aces. In addition, he won at least 80% of the rallies on the first serve. These abilities should help him a lot in the upcoming match.
Our prediction - total over 20.5 games.
Chardy is a big server, and this definitely is going to be a challenge for Zverev. The underdog must put up a fight in this match, and that is why we suggest playing Chardy's victory with a handicap.
Second wager - Chardy to win with a handicap (+5) games.