Denis Shapovalov (@1.35) vs Alexei Popyrin (@3.25)

Our Prediction:

Denis Shapovalov will win

Denis Shapovalov – Alexei Popyrin Match Prediction | 17-10-2019 05:00

He enjoyed a first-round bye at the Winston-Salem Open, beginning his campaign with a 6-3 7-5 win over Indias Prajnesh Gunneswaran. Paire has won two titles already this season and reached the second week at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Humbert, who also reached the round of 16 at the All England Club, opened his tournament with a battling 3-6 6-3 6-2 win over Bjorn Fratangelo. Both top seed Benoit Paire and his countryman Ugo Humbert are in the midst of excellent seasons.

And he already has three matches under his belt at the Chengdu Open after coming through the qualifying by beating Hiroki Moriya and Lloyd Harris before edging Jason Jung in the first round. It has been a solid season for Bradley Klahn, who currently finds himself inside the worlds top 100 at 97th in the rankings. He reached the second round at the US Open, where he took a set of Kei Nishikori, and the quarterfinals in New Haven at one of the Oracle Challengers, losing out there to Tommy Paul.

FAA has fallen considerably lately, while Shapo under Youzhny showed flashes of brilliance and playing with an intelligence that is the only thing stopping him from being a top 10 player. If Shapo does not revert to moron ball, he should win and likely win quite easily as he has more talent than his also talented compatriot. FAAs games has holes and he is also not the smartest of players.

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The Serbian, who enjoyed the finest run of his career earlier this season by reaching the Monte Carlo Masters final, opened his campaign with a hard-fought 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Juan Ignacio Londero. But he has taken full advantage of a withdrawal granting him a spot in the draw as a lucky loser, beating Hungarys Marton Fucsovics from a set down to set up this second-round clash with the fifth-seeded Dusan Lajovic. South Africas Harris crashed out of the final round of qualifying at the hands of Klahn.

Kecmanovic got 49 percent of his first serves in play, saved one of his two break points and hit three aces. Kecmanovic has won five of his last six matches on hard court. Kecmanovic hopes to win at last two matches for the fourth straight tournament. In the victory, Kecmanovic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Kecmanovic won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his five break points. Kecmanovic could clean up the unforced errors here and there, but hes been putting together a decent run these last couple of months. Miomir Kecmanovic is coming off a straight sets win over Alexei Popyrin that took 22 games to decide.

Indeed, if Ruud is regularly able to find the Johnson backhand, which remains a real weakness, he should be able to get the better of his opponent. Expect more of the same. But it is a weakness Johnson has defended well all week. He will need to play that sort of aggressive first-strike tennis to beat Ruud, who is the more solid of the two from the back of the court. The American has played the best tennis of his career on fast courts which allow him to end the point quickly by deploying his big forehand.

He certainly proved too strong for Ricardas Berankis in the first round, winning 6-3 6-4. Expect Shapovalov to exploit it. He has struggled with inconsistency, but after a dreadful period on the clay and grass, he appears to have recaptured the spark that make him such an exciting prospect. And whilst Klahn has battled impressively this week, there is a gap in class here. Denis Shapovalov, meanwhile, was most recently in action at the Laver Cup as part of the losing World team.


He will be trusting in his consistency and movement to blunt the Shapovalov attack. The Serbian has had a breakthrough year and cracked the top 50 for the first time at the start of this week after reaching the last 16 in Cincinnati as a qualifier. But when the Canadian is on his game, as he looks to be this week, he can hit through almost anyone. After also receiving a first-round bye, he began his Winston-Salem Open by beating Alexei Popyrin 7-6 6-3. But he looks set to be in for a stern test up against Miomir Kecmanovic.

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