Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Andujar Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for St. Petersburg Open 2021: Shapovalov Should Power Past Spanish Clay-Courter

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Denis Shapovalov, the second seed, will take on Spain’s World No. 92 Pablo Andujar in the second round of the 2021 St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday, October 26. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Andujar match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Andujar Head to Head

Shapovalov leads 2-0, with both matches happening at Grand Slam level. The first was in Australia in 2019 where Shapovalov won in straight mets. Their second meeting at Wimbledon this year turned into a walkover for the Canadian lefty.

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Shapovalov Falls Out Of Top 10

This was meant to be Denis Shapovalov’s season. The Canadian lefty was long touted as the next big thing in men’s tennis and it appeared he was on course for a big year. But in fairness, 2021 has been a rollercoaster ride for the 22-year-old.

The highs in Shapovalov’s season included reaching back-to-back semifinals on grass, at Queens and Wimbledon – the latter being the first time in his Grand Slam career. He also reached his third ATP final in Geneva, losing narrowly to Casper Ruud.

But in the midst of those accomplishments, there have been some chastening moments too. Defeat to Rafael Nadal in Rome stung a little, in a match he spurned match points. He missed this year’s Roland Garros due to a shoulder injury. And since Wimbledon, he has only managed to string successive wins once in seven tournaments.

Clearly, the Canadian has been in dismal form in comparison to the first half of the year and has since exited the world’s top 10. Can he make amends in St. Petersburg – a tournament he reached the last four last season?

Andujar Extends Delbonis’ Losing Streak

Not since last year’s Australian Open has Federico Delbonis won a match off the dirt. And Pablo Andujar ensured that the run continued at the expense of another straight-set defeat.

Andujar won 6-2 7-6 in an hour and 40 minutes of play. Delbonis had entered the contest as a slight favorite according to the oddsmakers which was surprising considering his appalling record on hard courts. He was 0-9 on the surface prior to the match and he showed grit and defiance in his attempt to pick up a rare win.

But in tennis, losing too many matches is no longer a learning point but a confidence-shattering experience. Andujar wasn’t in any way performing exceptionally on the hard courts but did reach the third round of this year’s US Open.

The Spaniard had better serving numbers in this contest (winning 71% first-serve points) and kept the Argentine on his toes behind the return. He won 15 out of 24 returns points on Delbonis’ second serve. He completed victory by dominating the third-set tiebreak, dropping just one point.

Shapovalov v Andujar Prediction and Tip

Shapovalov is the heavy favorite and it is hard to oppose the Canadian from easing his way into the quarterfinals.

Tip: Shapovalov to win AND under 19.5 games: 6/5 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 St. Petersburg Open will be played from October 25 to 31. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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