In the opening round of the Queen’s Club 2021, World No. 14 and the 2nd seed Denis Shapovalov will be up against World No. 207 Aleksandar Vukic.
|Tournament||Cinch Championship 2021|
|Match||Denis Shapovalov vs Aleksandar Vukic|
|Date||15th June, 2021|
|Prize Money||$17,739 (INR 12,99,058 approx.)|
|Venue||Queen’s Club, England|
Denis Shapovalov vs Aleksandar Vukic : Preview
Denis Shapovalov will make his 4th appearance at the tournament after having made his tournament debut at the 2017 edition where he reached the 2nd round which remains his best result after successive first round defeats in the 2018 and 2019 tournament.
The Canadian youngster last played at the ATP Stuttgart Open, making his Grass debut for the season and lost to eventual winner Marin Cilic in the 2nd round. He had to miss the Grand Slam in Roland Garros this year due to a shoulder injury he faced after his runner-up finish at the ATP Geneva Open 2021.
Aleksandar Vukic will enter his debut main draw of a Grass tournament as he makes his Grass debut this season since turning Pro in 2014. The 25-year old comes from a straight-set win in the 1st qualifying round followed by a 3-set win in the 2nd round to enter the main draw.
The Australian has been mostly busy on the Challenger level this year and tried his luck in the qualifying rounds of the French Open 2021, where he lost in the 3rd and final round of the qualifying round denying him his 2nd appearance at the Roland Garros main draw after making his debut at the competition in the 2020.
Denis Shapovalov vs Aleksandar Vukic : Head to Head
This will be the first ever career meeting between the duo hence, the head-to-head stands tied at 0-0.
Denis Shapovalov vs Aleksandar Vukic : Prediction
Aleksandar has a season record of 14-12 with majority of his wins coming at the Challenger level as he has played only 3 tournaments on the ATP Tour, rest all on the Challenger circuit.
Denis has not achieved much success on Grass and will come into the match with a career record of 9-12 on the surface. His 1st round win at the Stuttgart Open 2021 was his first Grass win in over 3 Grass seasons. He has a season record of 15-12 and will be the favourite for the tie on the basis of his overall season form.
Prediction: Denis Shapovalov to win in 3-sets.