TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Denis Shapovalov  takes on Pablo Andujar in the Round of 64 on Wednesday, June 30th 2021.
Will Pablo Andujar be able to cause the upset? Will Denis Shapovalov create momentum from this match and manage to make a deep slam run? Wednesday’s contest will prove to be an interesting one, as a next-gen star takes on a veteran. Who will move on to the Round of 32?
Pablo Andujar has made some waves this season, defeating Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem towards the end of the clay season. While both players certainly weren’t in top form, it’s an impressive feat nonetheless, especially at the age of 35. He had to undergo a grueling five-setter, winning 8-6 in the fifth, winning 10 less points than his opponent, he still managed to make it through to the next round. If he wants to be able to defeat Denis, he’ll need to come up with someone special, he definitely isn’t the favorite in this match and is expected by most to lose in straight sets. Shapovalov doesn’t like dealing with an unorthodox style of play, so Andujar will need to throw him off his rhythm and attempt to play each point differently than the last. He’s a great clay court player, but he’ll need to be able to take advantage of any weaknesses he can see in his opponent’s game and run straight at those opportunities.
Denis Shapovolov came through today in another great five set match. It wasn’t an easy one against Philip Kolshrieber, but he was able to straighten himself out in the end. While his opponent did put on an inspired performance, as one of the top ranked players in the world, he can’t afford to be getting taken to five sets by players much lower than his own level. I think even Denis’ average level is enough to take care of Andujar relatively easily, but he will need to try and stay solid and play that aggressive, first-strike tennis that we know he can produce. Shapovalov has a very solid first serve, but his second serve has proved to have caused him
many problems so far in his young career. Even today, he hit a whopping 16 double faults compared to 14 aces, he’ll want to try to reduce that to at most 5 or 6 double faults if he’s going to be playing a 5 set match. Of course, it’s much easier said than done and requires technical work on his part, I think if Denis serves well, and that includes keeping his second serve in check, he’ll definitely be the one moving on here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Pablo Andujar and Denis Shapovalov have met once before, with Denis Shapovalov leading their head to head 1-0. Their only meeting came just two years ago in the first round of the 2019 edition of the Australian Open with Shapovalov winning in straight sets. This even more gives the favor to Denis, as this wasn’t too long ago and he should be familiar with his game and what he needs to do. As mentioned earlier, if he’s able to take care of his serve well, it most likely won’t matter what Andujar does, as Denis should be able to really step into the court and blow him off of it. I expect him to put on a great performance and be the one to move on to the Round of 32 at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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