Zverev Headlines Marrakech Field Seeking First Title Of Season
by Staff | April 7th, 2019, 9:12 pm

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev will try to turn around a tough start to 2019 season in Marrakech where he will open his clay season after a taking a wildcard into the event.

The German, who turns 22 in a few weeks, is joined by seeds Fabio Fognini, Kyle Edmund and former champion Gilles Simon.

Zverev will meet Denis Istomin in his first round, then Pierre-Hugues Herber in the quarters and Edmund in the semis.

After finish 2018 taking the ATP Finals title, Zverev is just 10-4 on the season. He’ll have a pressure-packed clay month ahead with Monte Carlo SF, Munich and Madrid titles and a Rome final to defend.

Also in the field are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and defending champion Pablo Andujar.

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7 Comments for Zverev Headlines Marrakech Field Seeking First Title Of Season

SG1 Says:

Zverev has to get this 2019 train wreck sorted out eventually…doesn’t he? Lendl can’t play the matches for him.

SG1 Says:

Andy Murray was never a head case. He was losing slams to living legends.

Zverev, on paper so to speak, appears to have more game than Andy. Despite this, he struggles to win matches in slams which was never an issue for Andy.

Zverev is an odd bird. Big weapons in his forehand, serve and backhand, excellent movement. All the tools. For whatever reason, he hasn’t yet figured out how to be consistent. There’s no reason to panic yet. Most of the great male players don’t really hit their stride until they’re 22 or 23. This being said, he has to start figuring things out and being more consistently competitive.

fred stone Says:

Has the ATP tour and/or French Open brain trust considered using hawk-eye and the challenge system for clay tournaments?
Like, this century?
It’s pure folly watching an umpire and player inspecting a few grains of clay near a line to ‘determine’ an in or out call.
Players have accepted its use and fans generally agree it’s a fair modernization of the game.

lylenubbins Says:

Obviously at world no. 3, at his age, the kid is great already.

That said, I think his serve could be improved. I would have him speed up the motion, kind of like what Goran had Cilic do a few years back.

skeezer Says:

Zverev loses his first match in the Hassan Grand Prix in Marrakech. He’s out. Seeded #1.

Kimberly Says:

Draw for montecarlo out. Nadal has zverev djokovoc has Thiem for the semi if all goes as it should.

j-kath Says:

Neither of the Zverev brothers seem to be on form – Mischa out to a 21 year old little known Italian (Julian Ocleppo) – while formally the Coach of the younger, surely Lendl can’t be a happy bunny with both of them under performing.

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