Frances Tiafoe vs Denis Shapovalov
|Date & Time||Monday August 13, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Canadian superstar Denis Shapovalov has not long to think over his Rogers Cup defeat as he is scheduled to play in the Cincinnati Masters. Denis Shapovalov will be taking on Frances Tiafoe for the United States. Both these players will be looking to prepare for the US Open so this will be a big opportunity for them. I expect Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe to display their best tennis is this clash.
Denis Shapovalov had high hopes heading into the Rogers Cup but unfortunately for him and the Canadian crowd, he could only make it to the third round. This will be a good chance for him to bounce back quickly. Outside of his third round match, Denis Shapovalov looked very dominant and seemed to be hitting the ball very well. He will look to display that sort of form in this fixture. It will be important that he starts this match well so he can erase all thoughts of the defeat quickly.
On the other side of the court, Frances Tiafoe will look to use the home crowd to his advantage. The American will be the weaker player but in his home country, he will like his chances of having the crowd behind him. Frances Tiafoe looked good at the Rogers Cup and he will hope he can bring that form over to Cincinnati. This will be a tough match since he is up against a top player and will need to be at his best if he wants to win.
While Frances Tiafoe has been playing well, I am going to bet against him. I think that Denis Shapovalov is the better player and I think he will be too strong for the American. Both players should play well and win a set so I expect this match to go into the third set.