As a former champion of the Vienna Open, you'd naturally think that Zverev is the likely winner here, and he might be, but don't discount Cameron Norrie just yet. The Brit has had a horrid few weeks on the ATP Tour, losing multiple matches, but he started off with a win in the Austrian capital.
It wasn't an easy victory for Norrie, but he still pulled out the win against a tricky player. Zverev also faced an Austrian and had far less trouble, which was a good way to snap a rare losing streak. He was below his level in Tokyo, so seeing him bounce back was really good.
They have played a handful of times so far in their careers. Neither one of those matches came this year, but the previous five saw both players win. The most recent one last year was won by Zverev in two sets, while Norrie has two wins as well.
Norrie actually won the first two matches, which happened about a decade ago, so that makes sense. In the last few years, it's been all Zverev, as he leads the matchup 3-2 right now.
From everything that you see, it's basically Zverev all the way. It's not that simple but for the most part, Zverev is the huge favourite and expected to win. His familiarity with Vienna should give him an edge as he won the event in the past.
His track record indoors also speaks for itself, as he's 84-42 all-time compared to Norrie, who is 48-41. Zverev has also been in better form in the past two months, even though he had some poor showings as well.
Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in two sets.