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2020 Tokyo Olympics men's tennis odds, semifinal predictions: Djokovic vs. Zverev picks from proven expert

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Novak Djokovic hitting a ball with a racket: Nadal's expected showdown with Roger Federer fails to materialize.  © Provided by CBS Sports

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The winner of a record-tying 20 grand slam singles titles, Novak Djokovic can move one step closer to the Golden Slam on Friday at approximately 3:20 a.m. ET when he takes on Alexander Zverev in a men's semifinal match of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Centre Court of Ariake Tennis Park. Djokovic already has won the first three grand slam tournaments of the year and with a gold medal at the Olympics and a win in the final major, the U.S. Open, he would become just the second player and first male to win all four slams and a gold medal. (Steffi Graf pulled off the feat in 1988.) 

The winner of the semifinal will advance to the gold-medal match to face either Pablo Carreno Busta or Karen Khachanov, who play in the first semifinal, which is set to begin at 2 a.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Djokovic as a -600 favorite (risk $600 to win $100) in the latest Djokovic vs. Zverev odds, with Zverev listed at +400 as the underdog. Before making any Zverev vs. Djokovic picks, you need to see the Olympics 2020 picks and predictions from tennis handicapper Sean Calvert.

Calvert is the handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, the last Australian title won by someone other than Djokovic or Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1. And earlier this month he nailed both of his bets for the Wimbledon men's singles final: Djokovic to win three sets to one (+275) and Djokovic to win and both players to win a set (+130). Anyone following his picks is way up.

Now, Calvert has analyzed the latest Olympics 2020 odds and released his coveted best bet for Djokovic vs. Zverev. He's sharing his Olympics picks and tennis analysis only at SportsLine.

Djokovic vs. Zverev preview


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Djokovic has been dominant so far in Tokyo. In four matches at the Olympics he has not lost a set and has needed an average of 72 minutes to dispatch his opponents. His quarterfinal performance may have been his most impressive yet, winning 85 percent of the points on his first serve while also breaking Kei Nishikori five times in seven service games.

In addition, Djokovic has ruled the head-to-head matchups against Zverev. The 34-year-old Serb has won six of the eight career meetings between the two, including the last five. Djokovic already has taken out Zverev twice this year.

But Zverev has been serving devastatingly well at the Olympics 2020. In four matches in Tokyo, the 24-year-old German has won 83 percent of the points on his first serve. That's a significant improvement over his year-to-date average on the ATP Tour (76 percent).

In addition, Zverev enters Friday's match knowing he pushed Djokovic to the limit in their last meeting, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. In that clash, Zverev won 74 percent of his first serve points (to Djokovic's 72 percent) and 49 percent of his second serve points (to Djokovic's 44 percent). He also outperformed Djokovic in return stats: 28 percent of points won on first serves (to Djokovic's 26 percent) and 56 percent won on second serves (to Djokovic's 51 percent).

How to make Djokovic vs. Zverev picks

Calvert likes the over 20.5 total games (-125), but he has two other wagers that would pay plus-money, including one that would pay almost 6-1. Be sure to check out Calvert's picks and analysis before making your Olympics 2020 picks for the men's semifinal.

Who wins Djokovic vs. Zverev in the 2020 Olympics men's quarterfinal? And which big plus-money bet should you be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert's best bets, all from the tennis handicapper who called Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, and find out.

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