Lopez vs Shapovalov: who'll have a better serve?
On June 17, Feliciano Lopez will take on Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the London Open. We have prepared a prediction for this match, which you can find below.
Lopez started his campaign at the current tournament in London with a convincing victory over the Ukrainian Ilya Marchenko (6-1, 7-6). Feliciano really feels very comfortable on grass courts. He has a big serve and plays efficiently at the net - these two skills normally bring the Spanish player good results. At 39, Lopez can easily compete even with the top players.
At the start of the tournament in London, Shapovalov faced certain problems in the match against the little-known representative of Australia, Aleksandar Vukich. Denis beat him in two sets but had to play two tie-breaks (7-6, 7-6). Shapovalov isn't in the optimal playing form right now, and we are not sure about his perspectives at the London Open. Although it is worth mentioning that a week ago Denis confidently dealt with Lopez in three sets (6-2, 6-7, 6-3) at the tournament in Stuttgart.
In the last four matches, Shapovalov played five tie-breaks.
Lopez has played under 9.5 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Last week, the opponents played against each other at a tournament in Stuttgart. In that match, Denis won, breaking through the odds offered by the bookmakers. We don't think that in this week anything has changed dramatically in the performance of the tennis players. We believe that in the upcoming match, Shapovalov will get a convincing victory over the Spanish veteran.
Our prediction is Shapovalov to win with a handicap (-3)
In Stuttgart, the match ended with Shapovalov's victory in three sets, although the Canadian could have won quicker, but at some point, he lost focus and failed the second set. We believe that this time Denis will be able to win in straight sets.
Second prediction - total under 25 games