Denis Shapovalov vs. Pablo Carreno-Busta
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00 AM (Chengdu, China)
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Denis Shapovalov and Pablo Carreno-Busta meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Chengdu.
Denis Shapovalov is coming off a three sets win over Egor Gerasimov that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Shapovalov won 85 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Shapovalov won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his three break points. Shapovalov got 66 percent of his first serves in play, saved three of his four break points and hit nine aces. Shapovalov has now split his last eight matches that have gone the distance. Shapovalov hopes to make the first final appearance of his career in singles play. Shapovalov has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Pablo Carreno-Busta is coming off a straight sets win over Christian Garin that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Carreno-Busta won 73 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Carreno-Busta won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. Carreno-Busta got 69 percent of his first serves in play, saved four of five break points and hit nine aces. Four of Carreno-Busta’s last five victories have been decided in straight sets. Carreno-Busta hopes to make his first final appearance since the 2017 Estoril Open and the seventh final appearance of his career. Carreno-Busta has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
These two have split the two meetings, as Shapovalov won 2019 Rome and Carreno-Busta won 2017 US Open. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
This is a toss-up match and you can make a case for either side given the early struggles in the year and the improved play as of late. However, you have to be impressed with Shapovalov’s serving as of late and it shouldn’t be ignored the Canadian won the match against Carreno-Busta earlier this year in 22 games. It’s also only a matter of time before Shapovalov finally makes an ATP singles final trip.
I’ll back Shapovalov in this coin flip.