The number 21st seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada will meet Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the first round of the ATP French Open on Monday, May 27. The match is scheduled from 10 am onwards local time (9 am BST) and you can find the Juan Martin del Potro v Nicolas Jarry live streaming options here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Jan Lennard Struff Head to Head
The two men have played twice before, with their head to head record standing at one apiece. Shapovalov won in Tokyo last year, but it was Struff who was the victor at the Monte Carlo Masters six weeks ago. Both matches went to three sets.
Shapovalov, Seeding, A Sign of His Progress
This is the third time that Shapovalov has entered the main draw at Roland Garros, and he is looking to improve on a record which has seen him win just one match to date in the tournament.
However, this year he is seeded for the first time, a measure of the progress he has made in the world game. Whilst his best result of the year came with his run to the semi-finals of the Miami Masters in March on a hard surface, he does have some form on clay having won four tournaments on the surface during his time on the junior tours.
This season though, the Canadian has had his struggles, having won just two of the seven matches he has played on clay. This includes three successive defeats at Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before he won a match apiece at Rome and Lyon.
Struff, A Hard Court German Specialist
World number 49 Struff has two senior ATP titles to his name, but both came on hard courts, in Japan last year, and then, in January 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand.
Despite being a hard court specialist, he has enjoyed relative success on the European clay court circuit this year. He reached the quarter-finals in Barcelona, the second round in Madrid, and then the third round in Madrid. And, in each case, he was knocked out of those events by a player ranked in the top ten.
That makes him a very dangerous opponent for Shapovalov at this stage of the event.
Shapovalov v Struff Predictions & Tips
The bookmakers have Struff as the odds-on favourite at 8/11 whilst Shapovalov is priced at 23/17, despite being the seeded and higher-ranked player in the contest. Possibly the result from Monte Carlo has swayed he market, but a bet on the Canadian to win looks good value.
Tip: Shapovalov to win in four sets: (888Sport)