Denis Shapovalov vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|Date & Time||Friday February 8, 2019, 10:30 AM (EST)|
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Denis Shapovalov and Pierre-Hugues Herbert meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Open Sud de France.
Denis Shapovalov is coming off a straight sets win over Marcel Granollers-Pujol that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Shapovalov won 91 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Shapovalov won 84 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in his victory. It was one of the more consistent showings we’ve seen from Shapovalov recently, and he’s now won each of his last six sets when you include his play at the Davis Cup. If this is a sign of things to come for Shapovalov, especially serving wise, this could be the best year yet for the young Canadian. Shapovalov has lost four of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert is coming off a three sets win over Ilya Ivashka that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Herbert won 75 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Herbert won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. Herbert can certainly be a lot sharper with his serve, but he managed to save 10 of 12 break points, so he’s at least getting the job done when he needs to. Herbert has been hit or miss for months, so winning a match like this would be massive for his confidence. Herbert hopes to win three matches in a single main tour tournament since making the final in Shenzhen back in September. Herbert has won four of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Canberra in 2017 (challenger play), a match Shapovalov won in three sets. The match took 29 games to be decided.
Herbert hasn’t shown he can string victories together these past several months, so I’m sorry if I’m iffy when it comes to backing him with any confidence. Regardless, Shapovalov has put together some impressive matches this year and seems to be slowly but surely finding his serve. When Shapovalov is hitting his spots with his serve, everything else falls into place and he’s a young player you can really get behind.
Shapovalov wins this match, likely in straight sets.