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Roland Garros: Denis Shapovalov vs Roberto Carballes Baena preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020 

Denis Shapovalov at the 2020 French Open.
Denis Shapovalov at the 2020 French Open.
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Fixture: (9) Denis Shapovalov vs Roberto Carballes Baena

Date: 1 October 2020

Tournament: Roland Garros 2020

Round: Second round (Round of 64)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Red clay

Prize money: Approx €38,000,000

Match timing: 11 am CEST, 2.30 pm IST

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Denis Shapovalov vs Roberto Carballes Baena preview

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is one of the rising stars in the men's game. He broke into the top 10 of the world rankings last week (he is currently ranked No. 11), and looks set for a bright future.

Shapovalov recently reached the quarterfinals of the US Open - his first appearance in a Slam quarterfinal - after having reached the final of the Paris Masters event in 2019. At last year's Davis Cup, Denis Shapovalov and compatriot Vasek Pospisil played a key role in taking Canada to their first-ever final in the history of the competition.

Roberto Carballes Baena during his first round match at the French Open
Roberto Carballes Baena during his first round match at the French Open
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His next opponent, Roberto Carballes Baena, is ranked No. 101 in the world and loves playing on clay - where he has won an ATP title. This is the second year in a row that Carballes Baena has reached the second round of the French Open.

Denis Shapovalov vs Roberto Carballes Baena head-to-head

Denis Shapovalov during his quarterfinal match against Pablo Carreno Busta at the US Open
Denis Shapovalov during his quarterfinal match against Pablo Carreno Busta at the US Open

This is the first meeting between the two players, and so their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.

Denis Shapovalov vs Roberto Carballes Baena prediction

Denis Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome
Denis Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome
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Denis Shapovalov has been one of the most talked-about young players on the men's tour for a while now, and he seems to be on the right track to achieving his potential. The left-hander plays an exciting brand of tennis and thanks to his doubles skills, he also has the ability to come to the net and finish off points.

After making the quarterfinals of the US Open, Denis Shapovalov also reached the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome. Needless to say, he comes into this event riding high on confidence.

Roberto Carballes Baena on the other hand plays a steady game from the baseline, and does not have as many weapons as his younger opponent. All things considered, Shapovalov should be expected to win this match.

Prediction: Denis Shapovalov to win in straight sets.


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Published 30 Sep 2020, 18:12 IST
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