Cincinnati 2022: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Denis Shapovalov preview, head-to-head, predictions, odds and picks

Match Details

Fixation: (16) Grigor Dimitrov vs. Denis Shapovalov

Date: August 15, 2022

Tournament: Cincinnati Open 2022

Round: First round (16th finals)

Venue: Cincinnati, USA

Category: ATP Master 1000

Surface: Hard

Prize money: $970,020

Live broadcast: United States – Tennis Channel | Canada – TSN | United Kingdom – Amazon Prime Video | Australian – beIN Sports

Preview of Grigor Dimitrov vs. Denis Shapovalov

World number 19 Grigor Dimitrov will face world number 22 Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday.

Both players, previously ranked in the top 10, have struggled with their form this year.

Dimitrov has managed to win 20 games out of the 34 he has played this season. He started 2022 by reaching the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set, but lost to Maxime Cressy 7-5, 7-6(9) in a fierce battle.

The former world No. 3 also played in the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters where he was beaten by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3.

Moreover, the Bulgarian reached the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open and the Indian Wells Masters.

Shapovalov started his year on a high by leading his home country of Canada to victory at the ATP Cup.

The 23-year-old then reached the Australian Open quarter-finals by beating Alexander Zverev in straight sets. In the last eight, he nearly knocked out eventual champion Rafael Nadal, pushing him to five sets.

QUARTERFINAL. BOUND.πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦Denis Shapovalov advances to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open, beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. This is the first time Shapo has beaten Rafa on clay. Big win.#ATPRome | #ItalianOpen

From there, things didn’t go as planned for the Canadian. To his credit, he reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Open, the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open and the Italian Open where he beat Rafael Nadal to reach the last eight. Other than that, Shapovalov hasn’t made it past the second round of any other tournament and has suffered numerous first-round defeats.

Shapovalov… Last year’s semi-finalist was ousted from round 2 of Wimbledon by Brandon Nakashima. 7th defeat in 8 matches πŸ˜‘

Grigor Dimitrov vs Denis Shapovalov head to head

Grigor Dimitrov leads 2-1 against Denis Shapovalov in their heads-up. The Bulgarian was the winner of the 2016 Canadian Open and the 2020 Rotterdam Open. The Canadian won his last encounter at the 2020 Italian Open.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Denis Shapovalov Odds

player name Moneyline Handicap betting Total clearance (plus and minus)
Grigor Dimitrov
Denis Shapovalov

Betting odds will be updated soon

Grigor Dimitrov vs Denis Shapovalov Prediction

Dimitrov was the 2016 Cincinnati Masters champion
Dimitrov was the 2016 Cincinnati Masters champion

Shapovalov and Dimitrov will come to Cincinnati after losing to Alex de Minaur in the first and second rounds in Montreal, respectively. Dimitrov, however, will enter the contest as a favorite. The 31-year-old was the Cincinnati Masters champion in 2016.

The Bulgarian has a fluid game but is mainly defensive. He plays a one-handed backhand. Unlike other players, he is known to use his backhand as an attacking strategy and gain points. His athletic style of play makes him an excellent player on the pitch.

The Canadian, on the other hand, is very aggressive with his game. He is a left-handed player with a one-handed backhand and can therefore cause trouble for his opponents. Shapovalov relies on his powerful forehand and destructive serve to win games. He is flexible and can use this to his advantage.

That said, Shapovalov has been out of form lately and has been racking up unforced errors due to his high-risk play. Dimitrov will be more composed of the two and should be able to advance to the second round.

Take: Grigor Dimitrov winner in three sets.

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