Denis Shapovalov vs Vit Kopriva
July 22, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Denis Shapovalov (1) meets Vit Kopriva (Q) in the second round of the 2021 Swiss Open on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021.
Will Vit Kopriva shock us all and get his biggest win ever under his belt in his 2nd match on the main tour, or will Denis Shapovalov come out here with the form he has played with in the last month and cruise into the quarter finals as we expect him to?
Vit Kupriva put on a solid performance in the first round, beating another unknown opponent in Johan Nikles in 2 easy sets 6-2/6-2. Kupriva is not known, and he finally qualified for a main tour event at the age of 24. He was able to get his first win under his belt on the main tour against Nikles, but he will now face one of the best players in the world currently and he will have to find levels in his game which he has never found before for sure. Can the qualifier cause the huge upset and make his way to the quarter finals?
Denis Shapovalov will want to continue playing at the level he has been playing at over the last month as he enters the Swiss Open, showing us that he can compete with the best in the world on a consistent basis. Denis is so fun to watch as his game is so elegant, yet powerful and determined. Denis will know that he is not in the top 10 in the world, and expectation comes with being in that position, but consistency has always lacked from his game and he will need to show us that he can be consistent week in and week out like the majority of the top 10 do.
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This is going to be the 1st meeting between both players, and unfortunately for Vit Kopriva, there is no way he gets anything going in this match. Vit Kopriva is not experienced at all even though he is two years older than Denis, with his first ever main tour match happening this week. Vit would have to hope for the worst performance of Shapovalov’s career, and for his best ever performance. Vit will feel overwhelmed with Shapovalov’s lefty game and the fact that he has a super fast one-handed backhand.