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The bottom half of the men’s singles draw is extremely competitive. And the winner of this upcoming game between the 6 seed, Alexander Zverev, and Alex Michelsen, will play the winner of Ruud vs Norrie in round four. So who will it be? Let’s take a look.
Our favourite Alexander Zverev vs Alex Michelsen predictions
- 1 Our favourite Alexander Zverev vs Alex Michelsen predictions
- 2 Alexander Zverev to end the run of Michelsen in round three
- 3 Key match details
Alexander Zverev has made an amazing comeback over the last 12 months. He’s gone from being completely away from the ATP Tour to establishing himself as a top-10 player once again. As for Alex Michelsen, he’s not the typical name you’d expect to see in the third round of a Grand Slam.
With that said, I’ve considered all factors to come up with two tennis predictions today that I believe have great value:
Michelsen to win a set – yes @ 7/10 (1.70)
Alex Michelsen might be a teenager, and he might be ranked just inside the top 100, but this kid can play some ball. Looking at his last two matches in the Australian Open draw, he’s taken out a talented Australian wildcard followed by the number 32 seed, Lehecka. Therefore, he can clearly score some top wins, which is why I think he can snag a set from Zverev.
Over 35.5 games @ 3/4 (1.75)
If my initial prediction is correct and Michelsen takes a set, the chance that the match will go beyond 35.5 games is pretty good. Another reason for these predictions is that Zverev needed five sets to beat a qualifier in the previous round, showing that he isn’t quite playing his best tennis.
Alexander Zverev vs Alex Michelsen odds
With an 85.70% chance of victory, Zverev is looking good based on the latest odds. But for Michelsen, his probability stands at 20% for the win.
Alexander Zverev to end the run of Michelsen in round three
To add something extra to the Zverev vs Michelsen predictions above, let me cover some additional information for both guys now:
Alexander Zverev preview
For some reason, Alexander Zverev always makes things hard for himself in the early rounds of a slam. This was proven once again with his five-set victory in round two. Yet he is ranked 6 in the world, and he has all kinds of weapons that can cause problems for Michelsen.
Alex Michelsen preview
Given that this 19-year-old American wasn’t even in the main draw of the Australian Open in 2023, he’s no doubt pumped to be in the third round. He needed to beat a couple of very handy players to reach this point too. However, he is inexperienced at this level, which could hinder his chances against Zverev.
Zverev vs Michelsen head to head
Given the age difference and rankings difference between Zverev and Michelsen, unsurprisingly, the two have never faced each other before. This could work in Michelsen’s favour, however, as he has nothing to lose against the number 6 seed, and he has no prior losses against him that could dent his belief.
Key match details
- Match Schedule – January 20th, 09:30 GMT
- Venue – Melbourne, Australia
- Viewing Options – Eurosport, Discovery+
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