Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov Betting Tips and Predictions
The future of tennis contests the second semi-final on Saturday evening, as youngsters Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov go head-to-head for a place in Sunday’s final. The pair have both enjoyed a fantastic tournament up to this stage, both reaching this stage here for the first time, and they’ll both be confident of booking themselves a place in the final. The pair are both enjoying the best seasons of their careers, with Zverev in particular making huge strides in the men’s game. In what will be the first meeting between the pair, who will come out on top and make Sunday’s final?
Alexander Zverev has been one of the best players on tour this season, and he’s looking like the real deal. The German youngster has been winning titles all season, four in all, including a first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Italian Open, as well as winning last week’s Citi Open title. The twenty-year-old had to battle through his first match, in the second round, against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, after being given a bye in the first round. Zverev saw off Gasquet in three-sets, before getting the better of Australian rival Nick Kyrgios in straight-sets. This set-up a quarter-final meeting with the man he saw off in the Citi Open final, Kevin Anderson, and he repeated the trick as he got the better of the South African in straight-sets. Zverev will be looking to book himself a place in a second final within a week, and he’s performing at a high enough level to do just that.
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Denis Shapovalov is enjoying the best tournament of his career, and he’ll be looking to keep his fairy tale run going when he comes up against Zverev. The Canadian hopeful, who was born in Israel, has played superb tennis all week to rightfully earn his place in the semi-finals. The eighteen-year-old began his tournament with a three-set win over Brazilian Rogerio Dutra da Silva, coming from a set down to win. Shapovalov then completed a fantastic straight-sets win over former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the second round. This set-up a meeting with top seed Rafael Nadal in the third round, and Shapovalov produced the performance of his life to come from a set down to oust the fifteen-time grand slam champion. Adrian Mannarino awaited in the semi-finals, and once again Shapovalov had to come from a set down to see off his opponent, and book a place in a maiden ATP World Tour semi-final. Shapovalov is looking for success on home soil this weekend, and he’ll be confident his dream run can continue when he takes on Zverev on Saturday night.
While the pair have never met before, this should be the first of many future meetings between the pair. Zverev and Shapovalov are two of the most promising young stars on the tour, and they have all the makings of future grand slam champions. Zverev, who is two years Shapovalov’s senior, has already made huge strides on the tour, particularly in 2017. The German has made five finals this season, winning four of them, and he’ll be hugely confident of making a sixth. Shapovalov, meanwhile, has had a very good season on the ATP Challenger Tour and in ITF Future finals, winning three titles and reaching another final. In what should be a hugely entertaining match, will Shapovalov’s fairy tale run continue, or will Zverev continue his superb season and reach a second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final?
In what should be the first of many future meetings between the two, I fancy Zverev to continue his fine form and reach a second successive final. Zverev, along with Federer, are arguably the two most inform players on tour right now, and I think he’ll prove too much for Shapovalov. Despite being just twenty-years-old, Zverev has gained huge amounts of experience since turning professional, and he’ll know how to handle a match like this. Meanwhile, Shapovalov is extremely inexperienced when it comes to big matches like this and that will be the difference at the end of the day. I fancy Shapovalov’s fairy tale run to end here at the hands of Zverev, in two highly competitive sets of tennis. Alexander Zverev to win 2-0.