Vienna Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev vs. Denis Shapovalov Tennis Pick and Prediction

Vienna Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev vs. Denis Shapovalov Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Vienna Open as Daniil Medvedev takes on Denis Shapovalov in the final on Sunday, October 30th, 2022.

Daniil Medvedev is finding form just in time for the last two remaining prestigious tournaments on the ATP calendar. But before he can turn his attention to Paris and Turin, he will go in search of a second ATP title of the season the Vienna Open. The Russian faces his biggest test of the week when he locks horns with Canadian southpaw Denis Shapovalov. Who will walk away with the title from Austria’s capital?

Daniil Medvedev made light work of Grigor Dimitrov as he produced his best display of the season to defeat the Bulgarian in straight sets. A charged up Dimtirov had already secured a big scalp during the week when he took out Andrey Rublev. And Medvedev, fully aware of the challenge in hand, made sure he wouldn’t hand his opponent any room to express himself. Medvedev suffocated the court with his all-round game –outmaneuvering Dimitrov, finishing points at will and even producing an extraordinary backhand pass in a critical game.

Denis Shapovalov, for his part, raced into his second final of the season with a domineering performance against a fatigued and injured Borna Coric. The Croatian had little left in the tank after playing in grueling matches against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz in the last two rounds. And his shoulder issues flared up during the course of the afternoon. Shapovalov showed little sympathy as he tallied 26 winners in a fantastic display of aggression. 

Daniil Medvedev leads Denis Shapovalov 3-2 in their head-to-head. The Russian won the pair’s last three meetings and enters the Vienna Open final as the overwhelming favorite. Medvedev has been far from perfect in 2022. There have been chastening finals defeat at the Australian Open, Den Bosch and Halle in the midst of an injury-hit season that saw Medvedev relinquish his status as world No. 1. But he has slowly and surely returned to his peak level in Vienna, romping to the final without dropping a set. Shapovalov is equally in top form, particularly in the second half of the campaign having made the finals in Tokyo at the start of October. The Canadian has the power to hit through Medvedev with his blistering pace. But I doubt he has the tactical acumen to sustain that level down the stretch, which is why I’m siding with Russian here.

Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Daniil Medvedev in 2 Sets.

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