Canadian Next Gen star Denis Shapovalov plays local Italian Stefano Travagloa in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Wednesday, May 12. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalvo v Stefano Travaglia match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Stefano Travaglia Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between both players on the tour.
Shapovalov Seeking Momentum On Clay
Denis Shapovalov although only 22 years of age has been on the circuit for a few years now breaking through as a teenager in 2017. Having broken into the top ten of the ATP rankings late last year, he is currently ranked number 14 in the world.
The 2021 season has been a bit of a start stop season for the Canadian. While he was not too successful Down Under, he made the quarter-finals at Doha and the semi finals in Dubai before heading over to the slower clay swing.
Second round losses at Barcelona and Madrid and an opening round loss at Estoril do not stand out as being overly encouraging for Shapovalov with the French Open around the corner. The Canadian has looked like getting into some momentum late during the Madrid outings and earlier this week at the opener here in Rome against Polish qualifier Kamil Majchrzak.
Shapovalov was a semi-finalist at the Italian Open last year, where he lost an epic encounter to Diego Schwartzman and will be hoping to repeat a similar strong run here this week.
Travaglia On Poor Run After Good Start To Season
Italian Stefano Travaglia started the season well making the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open and the finals of the ATP 250 in Melbourne, losing out to Jannik Sinner. Knocking on the top 50 of the world thereafter in the ATP rankings, one expected a decent season ahead for Travaglia.
Unfortunately, a huge dip in form followed where Travaglia played in seven tournaments since then and lost in the first round at every single one of them, stretching from the hard courts to clay.
The Italian did not qualify for the Madrid Masters last week, but has a local wildcard here this week in Rome. Travaglia looked good in the opener against another individual who has been out of sorts of late, i.e. Benoit Paire and will be hoping to carry the momentum forward here on, one match at a time.
Shapovalov v Travaglia Prediction and Tip
Neither player has been in the best of form in recent times and both are looking to get more rhythm into their season. While Travaglia can be a force to reckon with at home, Shapovalov looked like getting comfortable on the slower surface somewhat last week and in the opener.
A closely fought match but the Canadian’s experience should see him through in a decider.