World No. 10 Denis Shapovalov will take on World No. 50 Benoit Paire in the opening round of the Cincinnati Masters on August 17, 2021.
Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire: Match Details
- Tournament: Western & Southern Open 2021
- Match: Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire
- Round: Second Round
- Date: August 17, 2021
- Prize Money: $15,990
- Venue: Cincinnati, USA
- Surface: Outdoor Hard court
Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire: Preview
Shapovalov comes into this match after suffering an early elimination at the hands of Frances Tiafoe in Toronto last week. The Canadian has piled on decent results, across surfaces this season, owing to which he has even cracked the top-10 of the men’s rankings for the first time in his career. The 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist has made two quarterfinal appearances this year on the hard courts and would be itching to get some handy wins in Cincinnati, before he heads to New York for the final Slam of the year. A 7-7 win/loss record on the surface is something the 22-year-old would want to correct this week.
On the other hand, Paire comes into this match after beating Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in three sets in the previous round. Since the North American hard court swing began, the French man has suffered three consecutive early rounds exits. Three wins in 11 matches on the hard courts this season is a testament to his struggle this year. Considering his poor run, it’s tough to see the 32-year-old doing any damage this week in Cincinnati.
Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire: Head to Head
These two have met three times on the tour before. Currently, the Frenchman leads the Canadian 2-1. They last met in Lyon in 2019.
Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire: Prediction
While one can expect some brilliance from the Frenchman, it’s the consistency that has been the problem with Paire. Meanwhile, Shapovalov is playing a heavy game on the tour lately and if he can maintain the pressure on his opponent by sticking to percentage play, then a straight forward match is on the cards for the Canadian.
Match Prediction: Denis Shapovalov should win in three sets.
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