Denis Shapovalov vs. Gilles Simon - 2020 Cologne Championships Round of 16
Thursday October 22nd, 2020 / TBD
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Third seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov faces French veteran Gilles Simon in a Round of 16 clash at the 2020 Cologne Championships / Bett1Hulk Championships in Cologne, Germany. The match will be played on Thursday October 22nd, 2020. Will the young superstar advance to the Quarterfinals? Or does the tricky veteran have enough left in the tank at this stage of his career to spring the upset?
Denis Shapovalov has been one of the brightest young talents on the ATP Tour for a few years now but finally seems to be putting everything together and has had a very impressive season so far. He has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career. He leads the head to head 2-0 and will be very confident of making a deep run at this tournament. He is coming off a strong Semi-Final showing at the St. Petersburg Open and will be motivated to win the title here as he still has an outside shot of making the ATP Finals. He has a very dynamic game and is a true shotmaker from all areas of the court. His net game has improved tremendously as he has played a lot of doubles lately and he has been incorporating that into his game.
Gilles Simon is a former top 5 player who has seen his ability decline over the past few years. That being said he is still a dangerous opponent and considered one of the best defenders in the game when he's at his best. He had a decent showing last week in Cologne, dismantling Marton Fucsovics but then losing to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the Second Round. Unfortunately his draw doesn't seem any easier this week at the second Cologne tournament. He is very solid from the baseline but at this stage of his career doesn't have any major physical weapons.
Denis Shapovalov will win this match easily and advance to the Quarterfinals. He simply has too much firepower for the veteran Frenchman and once he can keep his unforced errors low he should cruise to victory. He is hungry to make the ATP Finals and will not be "taking it easy" as is sometimes the case with top players at these ATP-250 events. Denis Shapovalov to win.