Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview delves into Roger Federer’s first tennis match in over two months, a clash with Mischa Zverev at the Stuttgart Open as Wimbledon looms large on the ATP schedule.
17:00 (AEST) @ Tennis Club Weissenhof, Stuttgart
History: Played 5: Federer 5 V Zverev 0.
Last meeting: Wimbledon, 2017 (R32): Federer d Zverev 7-6 6-4 6-4.
World No.2 Roger Federer sat out the French Open for the third straight year but his tune-up to defend his Wimbledon crown kicks off at the grass-court Stuttgart Open (Mercedes Cup).
His first-up opponent is the experienced world No.50 Mischa Zverev, who reached the third round at Roland Garros before going down to Kevin Anderson. Zverev took down Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets in the first round in Stuttgart (top seed Federer skipped straight through to the Round of 16).
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Zverev has been extremely busy on the ATP circuit in 2018 but has been unable to replicate the form that saw him climb to No.25. The 30-year-old has made a string of early exits this year, including in the first round of the Australian Open.
His best-ever result at a French Open will have lifted his confidence, however.
Federer has not played since being bounced out in the first round of the Miami Open by Aussie upstart Thanasi Kokkinakis in March.
After retaining the Australian Open title in January, Federer won the Rotterdam Open and reached the final at Indian Wells.
— Florian Heer (@Florian_Heer) June 10, 2018
"I think that’s a bit of extra motivation."
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Widely regarded as the greatest player ever, Federer excels on grass and is looking to build up some match fitness ahead of his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title next month.
Federer has won all five of his previous encounters with Zverev without dropping a set, including their Australian Open quarter-final and a third-round Wimbledon clash during Zverev’s career-best 2017 season.
While the Swiss legend is bound to be a little rusty and Zverev comes in with a bit of momentum behind him, it’s difficult seeing any other result than a runaway victory for a refreshed Federer.
Take on the modest game handicap in this one.