Young Canadian talent Denis Shapovalov plays French doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal on Monday, August 5. The match will be played at 7 pm local time (12 midnight BST). You can find the Denis Shapovalov v Pierre-Hugues Herbert live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Head to Head
The two players have met once on the ATP circuit, which was earlier this year in the quarter finals of the Montpelier ATP 250. Herbert won in two tight sets on that occasion.
Shapovalov Returns to Montreal
Denis Shapovalov has been an exciting prospect on the tour for the last two years. Incidentally, it was at Montreal in 2017, where he burst on the scene in front of his home fans qualifying for the semi-finals defeating Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro en route.
Some noteworthy results and scintillating performances soon thereafter resulted in the young Canadian joining the brigade of players tipped to take over from the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
With a game full of flair, and flashy strokes, Shapovalov is great to watch and was ranked as high as number 20 in the ATP rankings. earlier this year.
The Canadian has however lacked in consistency with simultaneous strong victories and disappointing losses becoming the trend. He is currently on a five match losing streak and has won only one out of his last six matches. He is ranked number 31 in the world at the moment.
Strong Singles Season for Herbert
Pierre- Hugues Herbert has been successful on the doubles circuit winning the Career Grand Slam this year at the Australian Open with veteran Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
He has since focussed on his singles game and was ranked as high as number 36 in the world this February. He is currently ranked 40th.
The Frenchman has been an ATP singles finalist on three occasions and is yet to win his first title. He was a finalist at Montpellier earlier this year, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final. He has also been a regular member of the French Davis Cup team.
Herbert has had a reasonable grass court swing, qualifying for the semi-finals at the Halle ATP 250 before losing to ultimate champion Roger Federer. At Wimbledon he lost in the second round to 2018 finalist and big server, Kevin Anderson.
He takes the ball early, makes large cuts and slices at the ball, taking time away from the opponent, and plays from the net plenty as well. Given his doubles success and strength at the net, he can cause some troubles to opponents on the faster courts.
Denis Shapovalov v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Predictions & Tips
Shapovalov returns to Montreal amidst excitement and crowd expectations after his 2017 performance. But, he also arrives at the back of a disappointing four months and a five match losing streak.
Herbert on the other hand is one who keeps a low profile but has had a strong singles year.
An evenly matched tussle on the cards and Herbert has all it takes to take on Shapovalov and the crowd. However, the Canadian does well at home and the crowd can be expected to play a key role.
A three set battle with Shapovalov winning a tight match is the most likely outcome.
Tip: Shapovalov to win in three sets: 29/10 (888Sport)