Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov
Novak Djokovic will play against Denis Shapovalov in the 2nd round in the Shanghai – Masters and we got best tennis prediction for the first match in the tournament of the world number 1. The game is on Wednesday, 9 October and will not start before 10:30 UK.
Novak Djokovic world number 1 is a favorite to win the title in Shanghai. He comes from Tokyo where he won Japan Open after beating Alexei Popyrin, Go Soeda, Lucas Pouille, David Goffin and in the final John Millman all of them in 2 sets. The Serbian shows no sign of the injury which forced him to retire in the round of 16 against Stan Wawrinka but a month later Nole looks in better shape than ever. Rafael Nadal will not play in this tournament which is good news for him and with a great performance, he will keep his world number 1 ranking. On hard this year Djokovic had 24 wins and 5 losses.
Denis Shapovalov world number 36 also played in Tokyo and won in the 1st round against Miomir Kecmanovic but then was eliminated after 2 tiebreaks from David Goffin who later lost exactly from Djokovic in the semifinal. Before that, the Canadian played in Chengdu in China and won his first 3 matches against Richard Berankis, Bradley Klahn and Egor Gerasimov but in the semifinal lost from Pablo Carreno-Busta even though he was the favorite against the Spanish player. In the US Open Denis won against Felix Auger Aliassime in 3 sets in the 1st round and then as absolute favorite beat Henri Laaksonen again in 3 sets but in the 3rd round after epic battle and 5 sets lost from Gael Monfils. In this tournament, he started from the 1st round and won easily against Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2.
The two players faced each other 2 times and both matches were this year. In the Australian Open, Nole faced Shapovalov in the 3rd round and beat him in 4 sets. Later they played in Rome on clay and again the Serbian was the winner in their match from the 2nd round of the tournament with 6-1, 6-3. We saw in what shape Djokovic is and everything other than a win in 2 sets will be a surprise and I don’t think we will see in the upcoming match.
Best tennis prediction: Djokovic 2:0