After an electrifying French Open 2020, it’s time to witness some more good tennis at the St. Petersburg Open 2020. The tournament has reached its quarter-final stage. In the quarters, fans will watch a clash between three-time Grand Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka, and rising star Denis Shapovalov.
Both Wawrinka and Shapovalov didn’t perform well at Roland Garros 2020. While the former got knocked out in the third round, the latter could not proceed beyond the second. They both have something to prove now. Both are strong contenders. In this way, stakes will be high for the epic encounter tomorrow.
Stan Wawrinka v Denis Shapovalov: Preview
Stan Wawrinka is in the quarters of the tournament after fighting ferociously in his first match against Dan Evans, where the Swiss had lost the first set. He won the second set in a tie-breaker and eventually won the last set 7-5.
In a match that tested Wawrinka, he saved a total of four match-points. In his second match, he looked more comfortable. Although the match went to the last set, he was dominant at most times.
Denis Shapovalov is yet to lose a set in the tournament. The Canadian has shown some phenomenal gameplay during the tournament. He has lost just ten games so far in his two matches, reflecting his sheer dominance. However, it is the tough backhand of Wawrinka which he will have to deal with tomorrow.
His ball control has been amazing and the 21-year-old has played beautifully in the long rallies. The percentage of his unforced errors is very minimal so far.
Wawrinka v Shapovalov: Head-to-Head
The two players have faced each other on two occasions so far. They are even at 1-1 as of now. Also, this is the first time that Wawrinka and Shapovalov are going to face each other at the St. Petersburg Open.
On both occasions previously, they have met on hard courts. The first meeting was in Tokyo in 2018, where the Canadian had dominated and won the match. Wawrinka soon took his revenge in the following year when he steamrolled over Shapovalov in Rotterdam.
Wawrinka v Shapovalov: Predictions
Keeping in mind the current performance and form, Shapovalov clearly has an upper hand. But, on his day, Wawrinka has the potential of beating anyone, on any surface. He has displayed some magnificent forehand winners at this event, and his accurate service will also cause pain to the Canadian. He has to be careful there.
It is the long rallies where Wawrinka might struggle. He hasn’t won many points there in recent times. He has just managed to survive in both his previous matches. Shapovalov. on the other hand, enjoys long rallies. He can actually cover the court easily as well, a thing that again troubles the 35-year-old Swiss.
Overall, both the players look in great shape and form. It will be intriguing to see who will be able to keep his calm and move ahead to the semi-finals. Fans are certainly looking forward to an appealing game of tennis.
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