The first round action at the 2020 St. Petersburg Open will have the second seed Denis Shapovalov play American Sam Querrey on Monday or Tuesday, October 12 or 13. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Sam Querrey match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Sam Querrey Head to Head
This is the second meeting between the two players. Their only meeting was at the round of 32 in Miami, which was won by Shapovalov in three sets.
London In Sight for Shapovalov?
Denis Shapovalov broke onto the scene back in 2017, with a semi-final showing at the 2017 Rogers Cup with victories over Rafael Nadal, and Juan Martin del Potro. The young Canadian has since had an up and down career, some of it due to his young age and relative inexperience.
2020 got off to a good start with wins over Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup, but was followed by a disappointing opening round loss to Marton Fucsovics at the Australian Open. February saw another mix of inconsistent form, and the return to the tour after the Covid-19 related break saw a good start at the Western & Southern Open, before Shapovalov, lost his way against German Jan-Lennard Struff.
After a slow and inconsistent start to the US Open, Shapovalov did well to win some key matches against Taylor Fritz and David Goffin, before losing a marathon quarter-final to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets.
The Canadian’s return to clay in Rome, saw him have a good run, making the semi-finals where he recorded promising wins against the likes of Ugo Humbert and Grigor Dimitrov. Shapovalov’s semi-final clash against Diego Schwartzman was one of the matches of the season with plenty of see-saw before the Argentine won a final set tie-break.
Shapovalov on the verge of the top ten of the ATP rankings going into the French Open had a disappointing clay major, where he exited in the second round against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena after serving for the match twice in the decider, and finally losing the fifth set 6-8.
The Canadian will be looking to brush off the disappointment from Paris and have a strong end to the year on the indoor courts, as he remains one of the individuals with a shot at filling the last few spots for the ATP Tour Finals in London next month.
Querrey Lacking Consistency
American big server Sam Querrey was ranked just outside the top ten in 2017, when he had a good run making the Wimbledon semi-finals as well as the US Open quarter-finals. The seasons that followed have not been quite as positive with a mix of indifferent form, injuries and disappointing losses.
Currently ranked number 45 in the world, Querrey lost in the third round of the Australian Open and did not play anymore until the Covid-19 break. Since the ATP tour resumed in August, Sam Querrey is still chasing his first match-win post-lockdown.
The 32-year-old American was beaten by Milos Raonic at the Cincinnati Masters in the first round, but it was his US Open defeat which raised a few eyebrows when he fell to Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, a player who has barely played tour level since 2018.
Querrey’s misery continued when his European clay-court swing began with a setback, losing in the first round of the Rome Masters to Pedro Martinez. He was up two sets to love and a break in the third against Hamburg ATP 500 winner Andrey Rublev in the French Open opener, but a mix of a strong Rublev comeback and a self collapse saw Querrey lose the initiative and the match.
It has continued to be a disappointing season (and return to season more so) for the American, who will be looking to the European indoor swing to bring some color back to his 2020.
Shapovalov v Querrey Prediction and Tip
This opening round match is a battle between one looking to further catapult his career and another looking to revive his. Shapovalov has been in good touch since the Covid hiatus and Querrey has been struggling for form. But the big Querrey serve can get going any time on the harder and indoor surfaces. Expect the Canadian to negate the American’s serve and win in straight sets with relative comfort.
Tip: Shapovalov to win in straight sets: 4/5 (bet365)