Denis Shapovalov returns to action after his disappointing 2nd round loss against R. Carballes Baena at the French Open. He has had a few good runs in the tournaments he has played in the past 2 months reaching the semifinals of the Italian Open 2020, and quarterfinals at the US Open 2020. Seeded 2nd at the Petersburg Open, he will face the big serving Viktor Troicki in Round 1 who has discovered some form at Petersburg after two qualifying round victories.
- Fixture: Denis Shapovalov vs Viktor Troicki
- Tournament: ATP Petersburg Open 2020
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Petersburg, Russia
- Category: ATP 500 tournament
- Surface: Indoor Hard-court
- Prize money: Approx.203,409 dollars
Denis Shapovalov vs Viktor Troicki: Match Preview
After reaching the last 8 at the US Open 2020 and semifinals at the Italian Open, Shapovalov suffered a shock defeat to R. Carballes Baena in the 2nd round of the French Open 2020. He will be looking to put behind his disappointment and perform well at Petersburg to get his season back on track. The Canadian is a good player on hardcourts and he is expected to do well in Petersburg.
Viktor Troicki who could lost in the 1st round of the French Open qualifiers has found some form at the Petersburg Open. He made the main draw after winning two qualifying matches against I.Ivashka and Andrey Kuznestov. The Serbian faces a uphill task as he faces 2nd seed, Shapovalov in the 1st round on Wednesday.
Denis Shapovalov vs Viktor Troicki: Head-to-Head
The duo have faced off just twice in the past the head to head record at 1-1. Their first meeting came at 2017 Shanghai Masters where Troicki won in 3 sets. The last faced off at 2018 Miami Masters where Shapovalov won in 3 sets to avenge his defeat a year earlier in Shanghai.
Denis Shapovalov vs Viktor Troicki: Match Prediction
Denis Shapovalov, 2nd seed at Petersburg Open is one of the favourites to claim the title. Given his prowess on hard court, it will take a special effort by the Serbian, Viktor Troicki to cause problems to the Canadian. The 2nd seed is expected to win comfortably and progress into the next round. However, Troicki does have the experience and has beaten Shapovalov on a hard court before, which could make this an exciting match.
Match Prediction: Denis Shapovalov to defeat Viktor Troicki in straight sets.