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Shapovalov vs Struff ATP Monte Carlo Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Shapovalov battles Struff in Monte Carlo opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 14 Apr 2019
  • Denis Shapovalov vs Jan-Lennard Struff is live from Monte Carlo on Monday, 15 April from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST
  • Shapovalov edged their only previous meeting in Tokyo last year

Canadian young gun, Denis Shapovalov seeks his first ever win at the Monte Carlo Masters when he takes on Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round on Monday.

Shapovalov was beaten on his Monte Carlo debut to fellow young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas last season.

Despite his first round exit in Monte Carlo, Shapovalov went on to compile a decent clay-court season, highlighted by a semi-final at the Madrid Open (lost to Alexander Zverev), and a third round in Rome, where he was taken out by Rafael Nadal. He made the second round at Roland Garros, but lost to Maximilian Marterer.

He is clearly very comfortable on this surface, and will be looking to make further inroads over the next couple of months. Away from clay, Shapovalov reached two other semi-finals in 2018- Delray Beach and Tokyo, while he made the Round of 16 in Miami, Toronto and Cincinnati, and the third round of the US Open in a season when he consolidated on his breakthrough campaign from the previous year.

The young Canadian finished the year at 27th in the world, but he has quickly shot into the top 20 after a solid start to the 2019 season, with his most prominent result being a semi-final run in Miami- his third at Masters 1000 level. The 19-year-old defeated fellow Next Gen stars, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Frances Tiafoe before falling to Roger Federer in the last four. Shapovalov had earlier made quarter finals in Montpellier and Rotterdam, the fourth round at Indian Wells, and the third round at the Australian Open, building up an 11-7 record for the season.

Can he improve on that when he takes on Struff in his Monte Carlo opener on Monday?


Struff has a very useful record in Monte Carlo, having made the third round in each of the last two seasons. Last year, the big-hitting German defeated Yuichi Sugita and Fabio Fognini before pushing compatriot, Alexander Zverev to three sets in a losing effort in the third round. Can he reproduce his efforts from the previous two seasons in 2019? Or possibly go better?

Struff's 2018 Monte Carlo run was part of a decent clay-court campaign, which also yielded quarter finals in Budapest and Munich, and culminated in a second round loss to Steve Johnson at Roland Garros. Away from clay, the 28-year-old made the third round at Wimbledon and the US Open, and reached a couple of quarter finals on the indoor hard courts of Tokyo and Antwerp in a decent, if unspectacular, second half of the season. 

He has had a couple of very good results in 2019- he made the semi-finals in Auckland in the second week of the year, and then produced his best Masters 1000 result at Indian Wells, scoring a marquee win over Zverev in the third round before falling to Milos Raonic in the Round of 16. However, he hasn't done anything noteworthy elsewhere, exiting Brisbane, the Australian Open and Miami in the first round, and winning just one match in each of Sofia and Dubai.

Struff heads into Monte Carlo at 45th in the world, just one spot his career-high ranking, but with a third-round spot to defend this week, he needs a strong run to keep that ranking going in the right direction. Not that the ranking will be playing too much on his mind at the moment, with his immediate objective being to take down Shapovalov on Monday.

Shapovalov took out Struff in three tight sets in their only previous meeting in Tokyo last season, and this rematch could be equally as tight. Both men hit very big, and whoever balances that aggression with patience and accuracy would have gone a long way in winning this match. Shapovalov brings more dynamism and athleticism to the table- which is always handy on a clay court- and the young gun should be just too good for the German on Monday.

Denis Shapovalov vs Jan-Lennard Struff is live from Monte Carlo on Monday, 15 April from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST

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Shapovalov vs Struff ATP Monte Carlo Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Shapovalov battles Struff in Monte Carlo opener

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