TennisSection previews the 2021 Laver Cup as Daniil Medvedev takes on Denis Shapovalov on Day 2 on Saturday, September 25th, 2021.
Will Denis Shapovalov be able to shock us all and get a big win for Team World against the most recent US Open Champion? Will Daniil Medvedev continue to cruise through opponents as he has done for the majority of the summer on the ATP Tour? Both players will give it their all and we will have an entertaining match on our hands, but only one will come out as the winner. Who will it be?
Denis Shapovalov is a great player in these conditions and he will be hoping to get a huge win both for Team World, but also for his confidence under his belt as he meets the US Open Champion in Daniil Medvedev. Denis can beat almost everyone on the ATP Tour, but this year he has often faltered against much lower ranked opponents when he should have really won. Now that he meets the highest ranked player here at the 2021 Laver Cup, Denis’ game will have to be at its best from start to finish if he is to cause the big upset.
Daniil Medvedev comes into the 2021 Laver Cup knowing that most eyes are on him to see how he can perform right after having won the biggest title of his career, the US Open. Medvedev has shown amazing tennis all summer and he knows that now that we are getting into the indoor hard court season, he has an even bigger chance of dominating as he loves these conditions. However, he cannot take any opponent too lightly as he meets the always tough and entertaining Denis Shapovalov.
Daniil Medvedev and Denis Shapovalov have met 3 times before, with Denis Shapovalov leading the head to head 2-1. They have not met since 2018, therefore we cannot take their prior matches into account really. Daniil Medvedev is such a strong opponent nowadays on all surfaces, being able to hurt opponents both with his huge serve, and probably the best or second best return game in the ATP Tour right now. I expect a tight match here with this being both of their first matches on indoor hard court in a few weeks, but I don’t see the 2021 US Open Champion losing right from the start here at the 2021 Laver Cup.
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