World number 14 Denis Shapovalov of Canada faces Spaniard and 64th-ranked Feliciano Lopez in the second round of the 2021 ATP Queen’s on Thursday, June 17. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Feliciano Lopez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Feliciano Lopez Head to Head
This is an interesting one. Till before last week they hadn’t played each other but the pair met each other for the first time last week on the grass court of Stuttgart where Shapovalov clinched a three-set victory at this very stage of the competition.
Lopez Makes Another Second Round
Since his third round appearance at the Australian Open earlier this year, Lopez’s wins have been few and far between. With this opening round win here at Queen’s Club, he has now won four matches since Melbourne and as things stand, all of those have been in first round of competitions.
The 64th-ranked Lopez came through in straight sets against Ilya Marchenko, winning 6-1, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 29 minutes to seal his second round berth.
Lopez, who had begun his grass court campaign with a second round showing at Stuttgart last week as well, demolished Marchenko’s serve in the first set here. Armed with two breaks of serve, he completed the set win in a mere 27 minutes and then had a break-point in the very first game of the second.
Marchenko put up a solid fight after that though, refusing to get broken with that early break-point being the only one he faced.
A tie-breaker was inevitable but again, Lopez found it difficult to get through his opponent’s service, and the two went on serve till six points apiece. It was at that stage Marchenko finally dropped his serve and Lopez converted the next one to make round two.
Shapovalov Gunning for Career-Best at Queen’s
In the three editions of the Queen’s Club competition Shapovalov has played, the Canadian has never gone beyond the second round. This will be his chance to make to the quarterfinals here, as he takes on an opponent who is not only a 39-year-old veteran who has had his own recent struggles but also lost to Shapovalov recently.
The Canadian had a tough opening round encounter though.
Facing the 207th-ranked Alexsandar Vukic, he was expected to go through with some ease but ended up needing two tie-breakers and an hour and 41 minutes on court to come through.
In fact in both those sets his opponent had set-points to come through but it was Shapovalov’s experience that helped. The set saw Vukic go 6-5 up in the tie-breakers while he took a 6-3 lead in the second. Both times, the Canadian came through by winning the next few points he had to, to clinch the set.
He should still start a favourite here.
Shapovalov v Lopez Prediction and Tip
While Shapovalov made it past Lopez last week in three sets, he will start a favourite to ease past his Spanish opponent this time around, having shrugged off rustiness.