Shapovalov vs Nadal: prediction for the Australian Open match
Denis Shapovalov takes on Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final match of the Australian Open. Who will become the first semi-finalist of the tournament? Our prediction is in the article below.
Denis Shapovalov is enjoying success at the current Australian Open. The Canadian has comfortable ousted such players as Laslo Djere, Kwon Soon-woo, and Reilly Opelka. In the round of 16 he delivered an impressive performance and defeated third seed Alexander Zverev in less than two and a half hours (6-3, 7-5, 6-3).
Rafael Nadalhad a fantastic start to the season. He has alreay won the Melbourne Summer Set and continues to demonstrate great tennis at the Australian Open. So far, Nadal lost only one set at the major - in the third-round match against Karten Khachanov. In the other duels, Rafa comfortable closed Marcos Giron, Yannick Hanfman, and Adrian Mannarino.
Shapovalov played 6 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
In 3 of Nadal's last 5 matches, no more than 9 games were played in the first set.
Nadal has the confidence that comes from experience. Shapovalov hasn't played in as many Gram Slam quarter-finals as the Spaniard and the pressure could be overwhelming. We are predicting a confident win for Nadal.
Our prediction - total under 40 games
The previous matches between these two players were close, and we do think that Shapovalov can put up a fight. However, we will be backing Nadal here - the eminent Spaniard should outplay the less experienced Canadian.
Second wager - handicap (-4) to Nadal