Opelka vs Shapovalov: prediction for the Australian Open match
Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov face off in the third round match of the Australian Open. Who will become one of the last 16? Our prediction is in the article below.
Reilly Opelka is yet to lose a set at the current Australian Open. However, we can't say that he demonstrates perfect tennis: he makes too many mistakes and definitely will struggle against the top opponents. In the first round match, Opelka defeated Kevin Anderson (6-3, 6-4, 7-6), and then he ousted Dominik Koepfer (6-4, 6-3, 7-6).
Denis Shapovalov, on the contrary, had two extremely difficult matches at the current tournament. First, the Canadian almost lost to Laslo Djere (7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6), and then spent four and a half hours trying to beat Kwon Soon-woo (7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2). In his two matches, Shapovalov hit 42 aces and lost his serve eight times.
In the last 5 matches of Shapovalov, at least 10 games were played in the first set
Opelka played 4 tie-breaks in his last 5 matches.
Shapovalov always struggles against big servers. Moreover, he hasn't been convincing at the Australian Open at all. We will be backing Opelka in this meeting.
Our prediction - Opelka to win
Usually Opelka's matches are quite long, but we suggest taking a risk and betting on the total under. Opelka has been excellent so far, and we think he can close Shapovalov in three sets.
Second prediction - total under 44 games