Denis Shapovalov will take on Jeremy Chardy in the Second-round of the ATP Barcelona Open 2021. Shapovalov is currently the World no.14 on the ATP rankings and Chardy is the World no.51.
- Tournament: ATP Barcelona Open 2021
- Match: Denis Shapovalov vs Jeremy Chardy
- Round: Second round
- Date: 20th April, 2021
- Prize Money: $16,373
- Venue: Barcelona, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Denis Shapovalov vs Jeremy Chardy: Match Preview
Shapovalov has not done too badly since the tour returned. Sure, one can always make the argument that the Canadian has not won any trophies, but the way he has played and worked hard on his game is commendable. Since the Australian Open where he exited in the third round, not before he beat Jannik Sinner and Bernard Tomic, he has worked hard on his serve.
That showed in the Middle Eastern part of the tour, where he reached the Quarter-finals of the Qatar Open and the Semi-finals of the Dubai Open. But the ineffectiveness of his second serve came back to haunt him against Hubert Hurkacz in the round of thirty-two of the Miami Open. He had a bye in the first round, His second round opponent at the Barcelona Open is French veteran Jeremy Chardy.
Chardy prefers clay courts to any other surface. His only ATP Title was on clay in Stuttgart 2009. Chardy had reached the Quarter-finals of the Dubai Open. In the last tournament he participated in, the Monte Carlo masters, also beat Alexander Bublik before being ousted in the round of thirty-two by Grigor Dimitrov. In the first round of the Barcelona Open, Chardy beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets, 6-4 3-6 6-3.
Denis Shapovalov vs Jeremy Chardy: Head-to-Head
These two players have met on the tour three times, and Shapovalov has won on all those three encounters. So he leads the head to head 3-0. Their last encounter was at the Dubai Open this year, which Shapovalov won in straight sets 7-5 6-4.
Denis Shapovalov vs Jeremy Chardy: Prediction
Shapovalov it was said preferred only fast surfaces. But he showed us that he is a mighty good player on clay and gave us a fair exhibition of that in the Rome masters 2020, where he reached the Semi-final of the event.
Chardy in popular culture is often known as the guy who lost fourteen straight matches to Djokovic, but that is not who he is. He is a good tennis player, and more than good on clay. His recent good form will also work in his favor.
Match Prediction: Denis Shapovalov will beat Jeremy Chardy in three sets.