Mubadala Championship 2021: Denis Shapovalov vs. Taylor Fritz Tennis Pick and Prediction

Mubadala Championship 2021: Denis Shapovalov vs. Taylor Fritz Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship as Denis Shapovalov takes on Taylor Fritz in Round 1 on Thursday, December 16th, 2021.

Will Denis Shapovalov beat an in form player and show us that he is ready to get more out of the 2022 season compared to his mediocre 2021 season? Will Taylor Fritz come out here at the last minute and be ready for a tough challenge against Shapovalov? Both players are hungry and determined to get some momentum going before next year. Who will win and get the chance to play Andrey Rublev on Friday at the 2021 Mubadala Championship?

Denis Shapovalov will want to find some rhythm and momentum going before he flies over to Australia to prepare for the 2022 season. Shapovalov just over a month ago made it to the Final in Stockholm where he lost to Tommy Paul. Shapovalov is a great player on his day, but for someone who is aiming to be as good as the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, he has issues with consistency. Shapovalov can be on top of the world for an hour and a half in a match, but the longer it goes, the less stamina he has and the more chances he gives away. Can he find some rhythm and dominate here against Taylor Fritz at the 2021 Mubadala Championship?

Taylor Fritz has come here as a last minute reserve after Casper Ruud withdrew due to not being completely ready to play at his best. Fritz is an outstanding player, with so much talent, and he has made a name for himself for becoming the highest ranked American player this year. Taylor Fritz will know that there might be some rust as he was not preparing for this exhibition as much as others perhaps, but he knows that it will be good for him to get some minutes under his belt, especially against someone like Denis Shapovalov at the 2021 Mubadala Championship to get himself ready for 2022.

Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz have met 5 times before, with Denis Shapovalov leading the head to head 4-1. They have met 2 times this year, with both players winning a match. Both players are solid on their day, but have not been at their absolute best in 2021. I expect for a tight match as both will be looking to wear off some rust and get their game in check before they head over to Australia. If we are going off of who is able to bring the crowd on their side and ride on that momentum, I think that Denis will come out with more confidence and momentum in Abu Dhabi, and this will most likely give him an advantage as he wants to meet Andrey Rublev here at the 2021 Mubadala Championship.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Denis Shapovalov in 3 Sets.

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