Three time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who has a strong record here at St. Petersburg plays in-form Next Gen Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Friday, October 16 in the quarter-finals. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Stan Wawrinka v Denis Shapovalov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stan Wawrinka v Denis Shapovalov Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between both players. The head-to-head is tied at 1-1, with Shapovalov winning their first meeting on the indoor hard courts of Tokyo in 2018 and Wawrinka winning indoors in Rotterdam last year.
Wawrinka Clinches Two Matches In Deciders
After his return from a long injury lay-off, 2019 saw a steadily improving Stan Wawrinka. As 2020 started, Wawrinka looked like getting back to his best. A semi-final at Doha was followed by quarter-final appearances at both the Australian Open and the Acapulco ATP 500.
The 2015 French Open champion did not have the best return to clay on the main tour, with an opening round loss in Rome to Lorenzo Musetti, the rising Italian teenager.
However, he got his French Open campaign off to a thunderous start with a very convincing win against former world number one Andy Murray. After looking good for a deep run at the French Open, the Swiss lost in a five set tussle with little known Frenchman Hugo Gaston in the third round.
Wawrinka started his St. Petersburg Open campaign against Briton number one, Dan Evans with both players seeking a return to consistency for the last stretch of the season.
Evans was off the blocks faster sealing the first set 6-3, with the Swiss unable to get into any rhythm. As the second set stayed on serve, Wawrinka served to stay in match at 4-5, and was down three match points on his serve, but sealed the set in a tie-break. Another back and forth third set followed, which was finally won by Wawrinka with a 7-5 scoreline.
Up against Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round, the Swiss former world number three was off the blocks quickly winning the first 6-1, but Donskoy fought back to equalize the match with a 6-3 win in the second. However, Wawrinka hung in and started the final set strong with an early break to evetually clinch the match in the decider 6-3.
Back in the quarter-finals again at St. Petersburg, the 2016 finalist will be looking for a deep run this weekend now.
No Competition Yet For Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov broke onto the scene back in 2017 and 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 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 US Open, but was followed by disappointment early at the French from a strong position, after a good run the week before in Rome.
The Canadian arrived in St. Petersburg looking to brush off the early loss in 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.
Shapovalov has looked in prime form thus far at the tournament dropping only five games in each of his first two rounds. He was up against Victor Troicki in the opener, who was a lucky loser replacing Sam Querrey diagnosed with Covid-19. The Canadian looked in sublime touch and won the match 6-2, 6-3 before a similar 6-1, 6-4 victory against Ilya Ivashka in the next match.
Looking confident and comfortable on the surface, Shapovalov will be hoping for nothing less than a shot at the title over the next few days.
Wawrinka v Shapovalov Prediction and Tip
A clash between two single handed backhands, two players with ebbs and flows at times in their games, but moreover two attractive tennis games awaits.
The players are evenly matched, but while on the one hand Wawrinka has been pushed thus far, Shapovalov has come through unscathed. An exciting match ahead; expect the in-form Shapovalov to win a three-setter.
Tip: Shapovalov to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)