Mischa Zverev vs Lukas Lacko Tennis Prediction
Mischa Zverev knocked out the dangerous looking Mikhail Kukushkin to book his spot in Sunday’s title decider. He threw away a 5-2* lead in the first set and found himself 4-6* down in the tiebreaker, but the experienced German managed to mount a comeback and secured the progression in straight sets, 7-6 6-4.
“It was close. It was very tight, especially the tie-break in the first set. It was a lot of back and forth and I think I was very fortunate to win that set. It was a very close game, a few points here and there, but luckily I was able to come through.” – Zverev after ending up on the right side of the slugfest.
The 30-year-old Mischa Zverev, who made a terrible start to the season including receiving a hefty fine at the Australian Open, is bidding to win the maiden tour title of his career. This will be Mischa Zverev’s first championship match of the season as well as on grass (in career).
Zverev has played two tour-level championship matches so far in his career and lost both of them, against Stan Wawrinka in Geneva 2017 and Gilles Simon at Metz 2010. However, having got a relatively comfortable opponent in the finals this week, Zverev will see this as a perfect opportunity to lift his maiden tour title.
Lukas Lacko has been quite fortunate with the draw at ATP Eastbourne this week, and he made the most of it by reaching the final of this tournament for the first time (two appearances). So far this week, he has defeated Roberto Quiroz (clay courter), Diego Schwartzman (top seed with a 0/7 career record on grass), Cameron Norrie (wildcard entrant and Lacko’s toughest opponent of the week) and Marco Cecchinato (2/2 career record on grass).
The win against Marco Cecchinato on Friday was the Slovakian’s 50th career win on grass. However, his previous best result on this surface was reaching the third round of Wimbledon once in 2016 as most of those 50 wins have come at the qualifying stages of tour events.
Like Mischa Zverev, Lukas Lacko is bidding to win the maiden tour title of his career. His only previous appearance in the final of an ATP World Tour event ended in a straight-set defeat against Mikhail Youzhny in Zagreb 2012.
However, Lukas Lacko has played three title-deciding matches at the Challenger circuits in the last eight months and managed to win all three, against Marius Copil at Bratislava Challenger 2017, Laurinas Grigelis at Brescia Challenger 2017 and Luca Vanni at Glasgow Challenger 2018.
Mischa Zverev leads the H2H 4-2, and regardless of the H2H, both of them won’t be getting a better opportunity to win a title at this level. That said, Mischa Zverev is too solid and consistent for Lukas Lacko, and he should be able to negotiate this win.
Tennis Prediction: Mischa Zverev