TennisSection previews the 2022 ATP Cup as Denis Shapovalov takes on John Isner on Day 2 on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022.
Will John Isner be able to serve his way through this match and get through a very tough opponent? Will Denis Shapovalov find a way to return consistently the American’s serve and get involved in some rallies? Both players are polar opposites in terms of their tennis, so we are in for a very interesting encounter. Who will get the early win for their country at the 2022 ATP Cup?
John Isner has not been at his best in the second half of the 2021 season, losing his last 3 matches and only having played 5 tennis matches since September. John is a great player on his day, mainly relying on his serve to get him easy points and get far into sets. As Isner ages, he is not going to be as good in his movement and he knows that he realistically has 2 or so years on the ATP Tour where he is still able to keep a positive win/loss record. Isner lost quite easily at the Davis Cup just over a month ago against the likes of Sinner and Galan, so he will have to hope for a miracle against Denis Shapovalov here at the 2022 ATP Cup.
Denis Shapovalov showed us some great tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship just a couple weeks ago, dominating against Taylor Fritz, then losing in a tight battle against Andrey Rublev, and finally beating Rafael Nadal in a thriller. Denis is a great player with amazing potential, due to his great first serve, flamboyant playing style, and his one-handed backhand. Denis knows that he needs to get off to a strong start here at the 2022 ATP Cup as he is a very streaky player, so if he is able to gain some early momentum, it will really help him prepare for the Australian Open. However, he will first need to find a way to return John Isner’s serve in his opening match.
Denis Shapovalov and John Isner have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. The result of this meeting will heavily depend on which version of Isner we see here. If Isner’s serve is at its best, then we will have a tight encounter on our hands. I think that because these are not indoor hard courts, Isner will prefer the conditions, therefore he will play better than what he has done in the last couple months. However, even at his best, Isner is not near the level required to deal with the movement and the speed of the ball coming back from Denis Shapovalov. Isner’s serve might steal him a set, but at the end of the day, Denis will get the win at the 2022 ATP Cup.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Denis Shapovalov in 3 Sets.
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