Starting at 20:30, we have Delray Beach match between Denis Shapovalov – Ivo Karlovic.
Denis Shapovalov is 46th ATP, which is his best ranking. He is a left-handed player who hits backhand with both hands. The favorite surface is the grass and shot is overhead smash. Favorite Tournament is ATP Masters 1000 Canada. He has no ATP finals in his career. The year 2018 did not start very well because he lost in the first round in Brisbane with Edmund (7-6 6-7 4-6). At the Auckland tournament he lost in round 2 with Del Potro (2-6 4-6). At the Australian Open tournament he lost in round 3 against Jo Wilfried Tsonga (6-3 3-6 6-1 6-7 5-7). In that match with Tsonga, he had 5-2 with a break in front and lost 7-5, because he was not mentally strong and could not close the match, making many unfortunate errors.
Ivo Karlovic is 78th ATP and the best ranking was 14 ATP in 2008. The favorite area is hard and the service is the “main shoot”. He has won 10 ATP titles in his career and lost another 8 finals. The last two titles which he won were in 2016 at Newport and Los Cabos. In 8 days will be have 39 years and the field is getting harder for the Croatian. Karlovic based only on the strong service and the accumulated experience, but in longer shifts it certainly has very big problems. Also, on the return of the points on the opponents’ service, Karlovic does not have a good reaction and mistakes many balls on the return. In 2018 he reached in third round at the Australian Open and lost to Andreas Seppi with a score of 3-2. At the Quito tournament he surprises many people and lost 2-1 with Moutet on clay. At the New York tournament he lost in round 3 with Sam Querrey 0-2.
Denis Shapovalov – Ivo Karlovic: Prediction
I think Shapovalov can win this match because he has very good kicks and a very good service. Surely the difference will be at the points’ return. When Ivo Karlovic will have problems at service, I belives Shapovalov will take advantage.
Prediction: Shapovalov to win, odds 1.80
Stake: 6 units