Zverev vs Shapovalov
That's the 2nd semifinal in the daily schedule from the men draw. It's another battle of youngsters between Alex Zverev and Denis Shapovalov. They have only one match and it was again at this SF stage in Canada last season. Zverev won it in straight sets 6:4 7:5.
Well, Shapovalov performs very well in Madrid. Yesterday I expected him to beat Edmund, I knew he is able to eliminate the British player, but Sascha is totally different kind of player. I admire the Canadian, he has such a good qualities as a tennis player, but Zverev is the better one, especially on clay. One of the main reasons to think Zverev will win in straight sets is the match Shapovalov had against Tsitsipas. The Greek beat Shapovalov in straight sets in Monte Carlo and he is something like a combination between Alex Zverev and Andrey Rublev- he has the aggression on return, try to hit the balls fast from the baseline like Rublev and has similar kind of play as Alex Zverev. He's really good in rallies, although he makes more mistakes at this time.
Moreover, Alex Zverev steadily finds his best form. He started the clay season really slowly with all his first five matches in three sets. Then we see totally different player who wins his matches in straight sets and it looks like he did that with such an easiness. Yesterday he beat player like John Isner without any problems even without playing a tiebreak. He won the title in Munich last week and his form is looking better and better. I think he won't have any problems today with Shapovalov and will finish the match in his favour in straight sets. If the match was on hard, maybe I wouldn't go with this pick, but on clay..Zverev is the big favorite! It would be an excellent final if we watch a battle between Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev tomorrow :))
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Zverev vs Shapovalov prediction
|Zverev -1.5 sets||Pinnacle||1.81||10||2-0 WON (+8.1 units)|