Denis Shapovalov is coming off a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno-Busta that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Shapovalov won 70 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Shapovalov won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his 12 break points.
D. Shapovalov gives himself a chance to win any match in this tournament moving forward if he’s going to serve the way he just did, which includes not facing a single break point.
The issue is consistency, as Shapovalov looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the Miami Open. Shapovalov Denis has two career wins over top-10 players. S. Denis [...]
Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a straight sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 71 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Cibulkova Dominika won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her seven break points. Cibulkova got a confidence boosting victory considering these have been some very frustrating months for her with losses in eight of her last 12 matches.
And even with the losses and struggling form overall, Cibulkova’s competitiveness nature and feistiness doesn’t need much to be reignited, so she’s not a player to overlook when coming off a victory. [...]
Fernando Verdasco is coming off a three sets win over Kyle Edmund that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Verdasco won 73 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Verdasco won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 16 break points.
F. Verdasco got 62 percent of his first serves in play and managed to win a match despite being down a set and a break.
If Verdasco is capable of staying that focused moving forward, he has a chance to make some noise moving forward in this tournament. Verdasco Fernando has 27 career wins over top-10 players and three of those wins came last year. Fernando V. has won three [...]
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a final loss in the Madrid Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in two sets that took an hour and a half to complete. T. Stefanos has clearly picked up where he left off at the end of last year, as he’s hitting the ball with great pace, serving well and forcing his opponent to work for every point. Tsitsipas has that extra pep in his step at the moment and you can see the confidence growing for a player who is still fresh to these big tournaments.
The only question for Tsitsipas entering this tournament is fatigue, as he’s played nine matches this month and just played an emotional final that had to be mentally draining. Tsitsipas S. has lost [...]