Denis Shapovalov vs Richard Gasquet
|Date & Time||Monday October 29, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
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Denis Shapovalov will play Richard Gasquet in the opening round of the 2018 ATP Paris Masters.
It has been a tough few weeks for Denis Shapovalov as he has a record of 1-3 since the start of the Shanghai Masters. The biggest problem for Shapovalov has been related to his inability to break serve as he has averaged 1 return game won her match in his last 4 fixtures. In addition to that, Denis Shapovalov has averaged over 1.5 service games lost per set since Shanghai. With the serve and return not looking good, Shapovalov will need to turn things around if he wishes to compete in this tournament.
On the other side of the court, Richard Gasquet enters this match having made the semifinal of the European Open. Gasquet returned serve well at that tournament as he averaged 3 breakpoints won per match win. It has been a very strong few weeks for Gasquet as he has now made the semifinals of 2 of his last 3 tournaments. The crowd should be behind Richard Gasquet for this match as he is playing in his home country and that should give the Frenchman a boost. Gasquet has a good record at the Paris Masters as he has made the quarterfinals of this event twice in the last 5 seasons.
This will be the first time that Denis Shapovalov and Richard Gasquet will be playing each other at an ATP event.
It is hard to see Denis Shapovalov turning his form around as Gasquet is playing in home country and will have the crowd behind him. In addition to that, Richard Gasquet has been playing great tennis and will be high on confidence after another semifinal appearance at the European Open. With contrasting form for the two players, I see Richard Gasquet winning this match and making the second round of the tournament.