Djokovic - Shapovalov
Novak Djokovic begins his quest for 34th Masters title in the second round against Canadian player Denis Shapovalov. The top seed and defending champion in singles is huge favorite in this match, however I think the match will finish with Over 21.5 games. Djokovic won in China on four occasions so far, in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018. He is in excellent form. Nole won the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo last week, beating all opponents with 2:0. His confidence is very high at the moment.
Shapovalov is a solid young player who made several good results this season. In April 2019 he was World No. 20, and that s the best rating in his professional career. He reached the semi-final of the Masters in Miami, losing to Federer. Shapovalov also reached the semi-finals at recently finished tournament in Changdu and lost to Carreno-Busta.
Djokovic won the two previous matches with Shapovalov, however, the Canadian has improve since then. The Serbian player is tired after winning the title in Tokyo. Yesterday (Tuesday) Djokovic had a three-set match in double. He and his fellow compatriot Filip Krajinovic advanced to the second round at Shanghai with a 2:1 victory against French Open winners, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. Djokovic is probably satisfied with the victory, but also spent some of his energy. Finally, don t forget Shapovalov took a set off the Serb at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Shapovalov has strong service that could help him to put up some resistance to a bit tired Djokovic. I expect Over 21.5 games.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 09.10. 12:30h