No. 12 seed Denis Shapovalov will face Argentine Guido Pella in the first round of Rome Masters on Monday, September 14 with the match to be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Guido Pella match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Guido Pella Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two left-handers.
Shapovalov Looks In Good Touch
Last year’s Paris Masters finalist, Denis Shapovalov heads to Rome after a successful run at the U.S. Open, where he reached the quarterfinals of a major for the first time in his career.
Showing a will to fight, the 21-year-old Canadian defeated Sebastian Korda and Kwon Soon-woo in four sets in the first two rounds at Flushing Meadows before winning an edge-of-the-seat thriller against Taylor Fritz in the third round. The American was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set when Shapovalov made a remarkable recovery to win the match in five.
In the Round of 16, Shapovalov lost the first set to David Goffin but came back strongly to win the next three and secure a spot in the last eight. The lefty, however, failed to cross the next hurdle, falling to Pablo Carreno Busta in another dramatic five-setter which saw fortunes swing from one end to another.
Shapovalov, who came into the US Open with a 5-8 win-loss record in 2020, has exited New York with a 9-9 record this year and will be hoping to continue improving on that.
Clay, however isn’t his surface, where he has a 12-12 career win-loss record compared to 77-59 on hard courts. He is yet to go past the second round of the French Open, although his best performance on clay was at Madrid Open two years ago where he reached the semifinal.
The promising World No. 17 will have his task cut out against Argentine Pella, who loves playing on dirt.
Pella Poses A Challenge
A clay court specialist, Argentina’s Guido Pella had a memorable 2019. First he reached the final of Cordoba Open in Argentina; then he went on to claim his maiden ATP title by winning the Brasil Open.
A few months later he would surprise the world by reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, defeating Kevin Anderson in the third round and Milos Raonic in the fourth, before falling to Roberto Bautista Agut in a hard-fought four-set quarterfinal.
The success at the All England Club helped the Argentine reach a career high ranking of 20.
Currently ranked 36th in the world, Pella has a 59-48 win-loss record on clay, compared to 8-10 on grass and 42-58 on hard courts.
Knocked out of the U.S. Open by Jeffrey John Wolf in the first round, Pella went to play in Kitzbuhel, where he beat Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets and then fell to Feliciano Lopez in in the Round of 16.
Shapovalov v Pella Prediction & Tip
The surface suits Pella, and he should have an edge over Shapovalov. The Argentine could win this in 3 sets.
Tip: Pella to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)