Australian Open 2022: Denis Shapovalov vs. Reilly Opelka Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Denis Shapovalov vs. Reilly Opelka Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Denis Shapovalov (14) meets Reilly Opelka (23) in the Third Round on Friday January 21st, 2022.

A close battle is expected as seeded players Denis Shapovalov and Reilly Opelka will play for a shot at a place in the Fourth Round here at the 2022 Australian Open. Both men are highly experienced and capable of doing well here, so it will come down to who can hold their nerve on the day. Who will be victorious here and move on?

Denis Shapovalov is the 14th seed here at the 2022 Australian Open and is currently ranked #14 on the ATP Tour. The left-handed Canadian has long been knocking on the door of the top 10 in the world and has finally began to fulfill that promise lately, with some strong results last year. He has been made to work hard so far here in Melbourne, with a four set win over Laslo Djere before a come from behind five set win against Soon-Woo Kwon in the Second Round, in a very high-quality match. Shapovalov starts as the favorite here against the big-serving Reilly Opelka, and he will need to be at his best if he is to win here.

Reilly Opelka is seeded #23 here at the 2022 Australian Open, and unlike his opponent Denis Shapovalov has had a rather straightforward path to the Third Round. He is yet to drop a set here in Melbourne, defeating Kevin Anderson and Dominik Koepfer so far, and has reached the Third Round here for the First Time in his career. Opelka will be relying on his big serve as usual, but he has been returning surprisingly well, and will certainly be a very difficult opponent here despite being the slight underdog. In this sort of form and with the weapons that he has it would not be a surprise if he was to cause the upset.

This will surprisingly be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and it is shaping up to be a classic. Both men play a very powerful and exciting brand of tennis, and fans are sure to be entertained here. Usually we would expect Denis Shapovalov to win this match relatively comfortably given his variety, but he has failed to convince to far here at the 2022 Australian Open while Reilly Opelka has been outstanding. I am expecting a very close match here, with the Canadian just barely edging out the win. He has matured greatly over the past few seasons and his consistency and experience will be key factors here. Denis Shapovalov will win in four or five very close sets here, advancing to the Fourth Round here in Melbourne.

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