The number eight seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada will face Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in the semi-final of the ATP Chengdu Open on Saturday, September 28. The match is scheduled for 3 pm local time (8 am BST) and you can find the Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Carreno Busta live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Carreno Busta Head to Head
The pair have met twice before, with their head to head record currently standing at one win apiece. Carreno Busta won in straight sets at the US Open in 2017, but Shapovalov returned the favour at the Rome Masters earlier this year.
Shapovalov, Last Seed Left Standing
Remarkably, Shapovalov is the only seed left in the tournament in Chengdu, and, on paper at least, as the highest ranked player still in the field, the new favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday. If that proves to be the case, then clinching his first ATP title will be a major consolation for the Canadian who, apart from a semi-final in Miami, has not had the best of years.
He has by no means had an easy progression to this stage. After comfortably defeating Ricardis Berankis of Lithuania in the second round, he was given a real test by the American qualifier Bradley Klahn in his next match, fighting back from a set down to clinch the match in a third-set tie-break.
And then he was given another stern examination by Egor Gerasimov in their quarter-final on Friday, dropping the second set to the man from Belarus before securing a vital break of serve in the third to help close out that match.
Carreno Busta, Second Semi-Final of the Year
Two years ago, Carreno Busta reached the semi-final of the US Open, and a career high ranking of ten in the world. It is a measure of how his form has deserted him in the intervening period, that he started the tournament this week down at 63 in the ATP listings.
Yet, he is now in his second semi-final of the year after Hamburg, and one match away from his first final since Estoril in May 2017, when he won the last of his three career titles.
He began his run in Chengdu with a straight sets win over Moldovan Radu Albot, before ousting the number three seed, Benoit Paire, in three sets. He then followed that up on Friday with a comfortable win over Christian Garin, defeating the man from Chile in straight sets.
Shapovalov v Carreno Busta Predictions & Tips
Shapovalov is the favourite to win this match at 5/6, whilst Carreno Busta is priced at 3/1. This tournament has produced more than its fair share of surprises this week, so betting on the favourite may be a risky strategy. However, having got this far, Shapovalov should progress to his first ATP final on Sunday.
Tip: Shapovalov to win in three sets: 7/2 (888Sport)