Denis Shapovalov vs. Miomir Kecmanovic - 8/21/19 Winston-Salem Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denis Shapovalov vs. Miomir Kecmanovic - 8/21/19 Winston-Salem Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Denis Shapovalov vs. Miomir Kecmanovic

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3:30 PM (Wake Forest University)

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Denis Shapovalov and Miomir Kecmanovic meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Winston-Salem.

Denis Shapovalov is coming off a straight sets win over Tennys Sandgren that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Shapovalov won 66 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Shapovalov won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 12 break points. Shapovalov got 57 percent of his first serves in play, saved on of his three break points and hit four aces. Shapovalov could be a lot sharper with his serve, but a win is a win these days, as it’s been a struggle as of late for the talented Canadian. Shapovalov looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Miami. Shapovalov has won three of his last five matches on hard court.

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Miomir Kecmanovic is coming off a straight sets win over Alexei Popyrin that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Kecmanovic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Kecmanovic won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his five break points. Kecmanovic got 49 percent of his first serves in play, saved one of his two break points and hit three aces. Kecmanovic could clean up the unforced errors here and there, but he’s been putting together a decent run these last couple of months. Kecmanovic hopes to win at last two matches for the fourth straight tournament. Kecmanovic has won five of his last six matches on hard court.

These two have played twice, both meetings in 2016 on clay, and Shapovalov won both matches in three sets. The most recent match was in the 2016 French Open. 

Kecmanovic is in better form currently, so I wouldn’t talk you off the ledge if looking for a possible upset here. However, Shapovalov has won both meetings against him and is the better player overall. And while Shapovalov has struggled lately, this is a good chance to build some confidence as players gear up for the US Open. Shapovalov is too talented to stay in this funk much longer.

Shapovalov should make the quarters.

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