No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Shapovalov vs Haase ATP Toronto Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Last year's semi-finalists Shapovalov and Haase battle for quarter final berth

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Denis Shapovalov vs Robin Haase is live from Toronto on Thursday, 9 August from 6:30pm local time/ 11:30pm BST
  • Shapovalov won their only previous meeting in Rome earlier in the year
Denis Shapovalov. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Canadian No. 1, Denis Shapovalov continues his Rogers Cup campaign on Thursday when he takes on Dutchman, Robin Haase in the third round.

It’s a match-up between two of the semi-finalists from last season, as Shapovalov and Haase look to continue their recent love affair with the Rogers Cup.

It was in Montreal last season that Shapovalov scored his first major breakthrough on the ATP World Tour, when he rose through the qualifiers to beat Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal en route a semi-final loss to Alexander Zverev. He backed that up by reaching the second week of the US Open, beating Daniil Medvedev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kyle Edmund before falling to Pablo Carreno Busta in three tie breaks.

Shapovalov finished last season ranked 51st in the world, having begun the year at 250th. The Canadian had a slow start to the new year, winning just two matches in his first three tournaments- he scored consecutive wins for the first time in 2018 at Delray Beach, where he got to the semi-finals, while he made the fourth round in Miami in the other marquee result in his hard-court campaign.

Shapovalov went into the clay-court season having never won a tour-level match on clay, and after opening round exits in Monte Carlo and Budapest, he produced one of the finest results of his young career in Madrid, where he made the semi-finals. Shapovalov reached the Round of 16 in Rome, and the second round at Roland Garros.

He had an ordinary spell on grass, winning just two matches between Stuttgart, Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Back on hard courts, Shapovalov was beaten by Kei Nishikori in the second round in Washington, but he has again found some form on home soil, producing two superb straight-sets wins over Jeremy Chardy and Fabio Fognini, who was coming off a title-winning run in Los Cabos last week.

Will he continue his fine home form when he takes on Robin Haase on Wednesday?


Haase was initially supposed to take on Juan Martin del Potro in the previous round, but the giant Argentine pulled out of the tournament, leaving Haase to face luck loser, Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. 

Robin Haase. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Haase had opened his tournament with a terrific win over Kei Nishikori, running away with victory 7-5 6-1, and he followed it up with 7-5 6-2 victory over Youzhny on Wednesday, again pulling away in the second set after a tight first set.

Without ever been consistent, Haase has always been one of the dangerous floaters in the lower order of the tour, like he showed last year in Montreal, when he defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Diego Schwartzman en route a semi-final defeat to Roger Federer. He also reached semi-finals in Gstaad and the ATP 500 meet in Dubai, and ended the year in the top 50 for just the second time in his career, and the first time since 2013.

Haase had a decent beginning to the 2018 season, reaching the quarter finals in Pune and the semi-finals in Auckland; he also reached the quarter finals in his home tournament in Rotterdam, but he didn’t win consecutive matches in his next twelve tournaments. That streak was snapped with a semi-final in Gstaad, but he lost back-to-back opening round matches in Gstaad and Kitzbuhel before his latest run in Toronto.

Thursday’s meeting with Shapovalov will be the second encounter between the pair, with Shapovalov winning the first in three sets back in Rome.

Both men have played some of their best tennis in Canada in the last two seasons, and both have looked really good again this week. They are both are good servers, and stronger on the forehand wing, with one’s biggest strength crashing into the other’s relative weakness- Shapovalov being left-handed, and Haase being right-handed. Shapovalov generally carries the greater firepower, and fired up by his home crowd, I think the Canadian takes this one and moves into the last eight.

Denis Shapovalov vs Robin Haase is live from Toronto on Thursday, 9 August from 6:30pm local time/ 11:30pm BST

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Shapovalov vs Haase ATP Toronto Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Last year's semi-finalists Shapovalov and Haase battle for quarter final berth

Denis Shapovalov and Robin Haase meet in Toronto on Thursday in a battle between two of last year's semi-finalists. Who will return to the quarter finals? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages