World number 14 Denis Shapovalov of Canada will be up against the 44th-ranked Alexander Bublik in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Tuesday, May 4. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Alexander Bublik match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Alexander Bublik Head to Head
Their only previous meeting had come on the indoor hard courts of Marseille Open in 2020. Bublik had won that quarterfinal in three sets.
Shapovalov Routs Lajovic in Opener
Having lost back to back matches on clay before this tournament, there had been question-marks around Shapovalov’s form but he came through easily in his opener here.
The Canadian defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3 in little over an hour to seal his second round berth in Madrid.
It turned out to be lot easier than some thought it might be, with Shapovalov thwarting three break-points and in turn breaking his opponents four times in the match. He was off to a flying start, breaking in the very first game and then again at 4-1 to ease through the first set.
In the second, Shapovalov met with some more resistance but once he had broken through in the seventh game, there was no looking back.
With this win, the Canadian has improved his clay court record to 2-2 for the season and 19-16 overall. Can the 2018 Madrid semifinalist now push on to make round three?
Bublik Looking to Overcome Clay Struggles
Coming into this tournament, Bublik had a 1-3 win-loss record on clay this season and 6-9 for his career. Which is why, playing Marton Fucsovics in his opener, and despite having had a solid season otherwise, Bublik was a second favourite in that match.
That he won and did that in straight sets would have come as a surprise but more vitally boosted his confidence for this second round match against a player who has had his own issues on clay.
It didn’t always look like that in that match though.
Bublik fell 3-5 down after getting broken in the eighth game itself and it was only after he broke back and forced a tie-breaker that things began to change. Even in the tie-breaker, Bublik had to come back from 2-5 down to rattle off five points in a row to win the set.
The second set saw Bublik break early, miss two more break-points but complete a straight-set win by serving out to love.
Shapovalov v Bublik Prediction and Tip
It might go the distance with Bublik holding bit of an advantage here.