The Canadian star, Denis Shapovalov is back at the slam. Last seen at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in semi-finals, the young gun will now play at the French Open. Recently, there was a big achievement for him as he recently broke into the top 10 rankings of ATP.
On the other hand, his French opponent Gilles Simon will have the support of the home crowd playing at his home. Still, Simon will have to put his best foot forward to beat the rising star.
Denis Shapovalov vs Gilles Simon: Preview
The US Open 2020 was the most successful slam appearance for the young gun. He broke into the top-10 ranking and is at his best tennis. His appearance at the Italian Open was also phenomenal. He gave a tough fight to Diego Schwartzman who later became the runner up of the tour. Thus he is expected to put up a great show.
Gilles Simon played a number of tournaments post his early exit at US Open. Unfortunately, he lost the qualifiers in Italian Open and lost the Hamburg Open after making it into the main draw. Despite having a good enough practice to get used to the clay, he will be struggling against an in-form Canadian.
Denis Shapovalov vs Gilles Simon: Head to Head
The duo has faced off once where Denis won the match due to a walkover. In 2019, at the Paris ATP 1000, Simon conceded at 2-2 in the opening set. The latter will try to settle the unfinished business, but a year later Shapovalov is hard to beat.
Shapovalov will win this match already leading head to head with 1-0.
Denis Shapovalov vs Gilles Simon: Prediction
Denis is playing his finest tennis, thus Simon will make an exit in the opening round. It will be a cheering point for Simon to have the crowd support, but Shapovalov’s game will outstand.
Match Prediction: Shapovalov wins in three sets.