Raonic vs. Shapovalov / ATP Cincinnati – The 1/8 finals of Masters in Toronto brings us a duel between two Canadians, Raonic and Shapovalov. Both tennis players defeated their opponents in the second round without losing a set, so Raonic was better than M. Jaziri, while Shapovalov has mastered K. Edmund.
Raonic vs. Shapovalov Begins: 16.08.2018 at 17:00 CET
Raonic has had a lot of injury problems in the past period, as did most of the top ATP tennis players, and he automatically moved away from the best players. Thus, this Canadian came to Cincinnati from 29th position in ATP ranking, which is far from his best rating in 2016 when he was 3rd world player. Raonic has managed to record 21 victories in the previous season and he was defeated nine times.
In the last ten years of his professional career, he has managed to win eight ATP titles, the last of which was in 2016, when he managed to defeat R. Federer in Brisbane. Raonic also missed several tournaments this season, and his first good result was at Masters in Indian Wells, where he reached the semi-finals but was mastered by J.M. Del Potro. We should also mention his placement in the finals of the tournament in Stuttgart, where he was defeated by R. Federer and the recently played Wimbledon, which Raonic finished in the quarterfinals after a defeat by J. Isner.
Shapovalov was the 23rd player of the world two months ago, and this is also his best placement on the list of top tennis players. Until this tournament in Cincinnati, Shapovalov has recorded a downgrade in his rating, so he now occupies 32th position. This is a very good result if one considers that he is a very young tennis player who is only 19 years old. Up to this tournament, Shapovalov has managed to record 23 victories and 19 defeats.
Most of Shapoval's tournaments ended in the first two rounds, and the exception is the tournament in Delray Beach, where this Canadian played the semi-finals but lost to a host F. Tiafoe. He had a good result at the tournament in Miami, where he reached the quarterfinals in which he was stopped by B. Coric, while a clay ground of the tournament in Madrid brought him placement in the semi-finals where he was defeated by A.Zverev.
Raonic vs. Shapovalov PICK
The first match between these two tennis players took place this season at Masters in Madrid, which ended with Shapoval's victory and a score 6:4 6:4. Raonic is the favourite this time because they are playing on hard ground, but Shapovalov is in a very good shape, so we believe he can win at least win one set against Raonic.
Pick: Shapovalov +1.5 sets
Odds: 1.56 at betsson (down to 1.51 can be played)
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