Shapovalov vs Simon French Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Denis Shapovalov is on a fine run of form – can he get just his second main-draw win at the French Open as he faces Gilles Simon on Tuesday?

Shapovalov vs Simon is live from Roland Garros on Tuesday 29 September, 5pm local/4pm BST

With an 8-2 record in his last two tournaments, Denis Shapovalov comes into the French Open seeded ninth and looking promising for his strongest Roland Garros result so far – although that’s not saying much given that he’s only won one main-draw match there in the past.

French Open 2020: Find out tournament information for Roland Garros 2020 and how to stream French Open matches live

However, he’s up against a wily and extremely experienced opponent in Gilles Simon, even if the veteran hasn’t beaten a player ranked inside the top 100 since shutdown.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Shapovalov vs Simon live

French Open matches including Denis Shapovalov vs Gilles Simon are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > French Open > Shapovalov vs Simon

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

Shapovalov vs Simon: Head-to-head

Denis Shapovalov and Gilles Simon have only played once before – Simon retired at 2-2.

Shapovalov vs Simon: Preview

With the exception of wins over two top-10 players, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, at the ATP Cup, Denis Shapovalov’s start to 2020 was not inspiring, especially a first-round defeat to Marton Fucsovics at the US Open.

But the 21-year-old Canadian has come back from the six-month shutdown a changed man. He was beaten in the third round of the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters by Jan-Lennard Struff, but made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open, beating Taylor Fritz and David Goffin before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets. Then he brought that form to the Rome Masters, beating Guido Pella and Grigor Dimitrov among others to reach the semifinals where he lost a very tight match to Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4).

Shapovalov has only won one match before at the French Open, and has a somewhat average 35-25 career record on clay, but he had also made the semifinals in Madrid last year and the way he played in Rome showed how effective his game can be on this surface under the tutelage of Mikhail Youzhny.

Gilles Simon (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa)

Which is not to say that Gilles Simon isn’t an extremely tough opponent. Now 35 and ranked world no. 54, the former world no. 6 is definitely on the downslope of his career and has a 21-14 record at Roland Garros, where his best results came in reaching the last 16 in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Runner-up at Queen’s Club last summer, Simon beat Daniil Medvedev to make the semifinals of Marseille in February, but since shutdown he has not had much success: He is 3-6, with his only victories coming to players ranked outside the top 100 and, in the case of Mats Rosenkranz of Germany in Hamburg qualifying, the top 600.

Simon hasn’t lost in the first round of a Grand Slam since the 2017 US Open, and the Frenchman is an incredibly gifted retriever and counterpuncher who excels at absorbing and redirecting pace. On these courts, which can make it difficult to hit through any opponent, it will be a big test for Shapovalov to stay disciplined, adapt his game plan if necessary and keep from being dragged in to one of Simon’s favoured lengthy dogfights.

Shapovalov vs Simon: Prediction

Denis Shapovalov must overcome a losing record against Pablo Carreno Busta if he is to make the US Open semifinals.

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta is live from New York on Tuesday 8 September, time TBC

Opportunity knocks at the US Open after Novak Djokovic’s shock default left the draw devoid of Grand Slam champions and guaranteed that a new one will be crowned for the first time since Stan Wawrinka won the 2014 Australian Open.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Pablo Carreno Busta has been to the US Open semifinals before and has a 3-1 record vs Denis Shapovalov – can the Canadian’s attacking approach see him turn things around against the Spanish player?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta live

US Open matches including Denis Shapovalov vs Pablo Carreno Busta are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta

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

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Carreno Busta leads the head-to-head with Shapovalov 3-1, having won all three of their hard-court encounters including matches in Vienna and Chengdu in 2019 and a US Open clash in 2017 which Carreno Busta won in three tie-break sets.

Shapovalov’s lone victory over Carreno Busta came on clay at the Rome Masters.

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Carreno Busta may have progressed to the quarterfinals of the US Open via Djokovic’s default, but the Spaniard should not be discounted as a threat. He has been a US Open semifinalist before, albeit after coming through a soft draw, and he was playing very well against Djokovic before the default, saving multiple break points before breaking Djokovic himself to lead 6-5.

The softly-spoken Carreno Busta, who had his own brush with controversy when he flung his racquet bag violently across the court after defeat to Kei Nishikori at the 2019 Australian Open, will have to try to produce the same exciting, accurate tennis he was playing against Djokovic as the underdog now that he has a real opportunity to go further at the US Open. But he does have a 3-1 record vs Shapovalov, winning all three of their previous hard-court matches, including a US Open encounter in 2017 he won in straight sets and matches in Vienna and Chengdu last year.

Pablo Carreno Busta (PA Images)

Shapovalov also had a losing record against fourth-round opponent David Goffin, however, and an experience disadvantage, but overcame both with an impressive display of attacking tennis. Shapovalov played well during the first set, only to get shut out in a tie-break, but the rest of the match was all about him as he consistently attacked the net and went for his shots. It’s a necessary tactic against someone like Goffin – or Carreno Busta – but it’s not easy to pull off, nor sustain for four sets.

If Shapovalov plays the same way against Carreno Busta, will it work? It should, although Carreno Busta will know what to expect and should adjust his game accordingly as far as he is able. Shapovalov has also spent a long time on court, giving Carreno Busta a physical advantage. I think it’s worth backing the Spaniard to make his second US Open semifinal.

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

Can Denis Shapovalov make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal as he takes on David Goffin at the US Open?

Shapovalov vs Goffin is live from New York on Sunday 6 September, 7pm local/12am BST

Denis Shapovalov made the last 16 on his US Open debut back in 2017, fresh from his breakthrough semifinal run at the Canada Masters. The Canadian was quickly anointed the next big thing, but success hasn’t come all at once for ‘Shapo’.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Now 21, Shapovalov has battled into the last 16 at the US Open once more to face the much more experienced David Goffin, who is also looking for his first quarterfinal appearance in New York.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Shapovalov vs Goffin live

US Open matches including Denis Shapovalov vs David Goffin are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Shapovalov vs Goffin

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

Shapovalov vs Goffin: Head-to-head

David Goffin beat Denis Shapovalov in their only previous encounter, 7-6(5), 7-6(2).

Shapovalov vs Goffin: Preview

Shapovalov is back in the last 16 in New York after four years, but it hasn’t exactly come easy. The Canadian has played 13 sets in three matches, first dropping sets to both wildcard Sebastian Korda and Challenger player Soon-woo Kwon before having to come back from 2-5 down in the fourth set against Taylor Fritz in the third round.

Fritz actually served for the match in the fourth set but Shapovalov was able to survive, with a hefty dose of help from the American, and get the win 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in three hours and 31 minutes.

David Goffin is hoping to snap a three-match losing streak in the US Open fourth round (PA Images)

Physically, it’s not exactly ideal preparation for playing David Goffin. The seventh seed started off the US Open by looking vulnerable after a three-set defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff in ‘Cincinnati’ and being stretched to four sets by not just big-serving Reilly Opelka but world no. 95 Lloyd Harris in the first two rounds. However, Goffin impressed with a swift straight-sets demolition of Filip Krajinovic, who was looking in very good form and a tough prospect on these fast courts; the Belgian won 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-4, breaking Krajinovic’s serve seven times in the process.

This is the fourth straight year that Goffin has made the final 16 at the US Open, but it remains the only major he has yet to reach the quarterfinals of. Andrey Rublev, Marin Cilic and then Roger Federer have each accounted for him without him winning a set.

Facing Shapovalov will be the best chance he has had so far at reaching the quarterfinals. Not only did the Canadian expend an awful amount of physical and mental energy in the previous round, but Goffin won their only previous encounter in straight sets. Shapovalov has the bigger weapons of the two players, but I don’t think he has the tactical clarity at this point in his career to take out the Belgian, whose defensive solidity and all-court game have frustrated many flashier players.

Shapovalov vs Goffin: Prediction

Novak Djokovic is the man to beat but is there a player in the US Open men’s singles draw in a position to do it?

We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev lead the draw at the 2020 US Open.

US Open 2020: Preview

The 2020 US Open is being played behind closed doors, with players (hopefully) adhering to strict health and safety protocols and enclosed in a bio-security bubble. With no fans and no strolling the streets of Manhattan in the evening, some of the ATP’s top players have opted not to travel, with defending champion Rafael Nadal, five-time winner Roger Federer and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka among the absentees.
As the solitary representative of the Big Four who is a realistic prospect for the title, the trophy looks to be Novak Djokovic’s to lose, especially with the top seed coming in unbeaten in 2020 and quickly finding his feet at the ‘Cincinnati’-New York Masters. Is Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev or Dominic Thiem in a position to stop him?

US Open Draw Analysis

Top Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (7)
The overwhelming favourite for the title, with a 21-0 record in 2020 at the time of writing and the experience of winning 17 majors when almost every other player in the draw has yet to lift one, Djokovic is everybody’s favourite for US Open champion, especially after the way he has played at the Western & Southern Open this week.

Nothing about the draw has changed that. Djokovic opens against Damir Dzumhur and could face Kyle Edmund – who has beaten him on clay before, but is unlikely to repeat the feat on a hard court most describe as playing fast – in the second round, with Jan-Lennard Struff, whom he trounced this week in ‘Cincinnati’, a likely third-round opponent. John Isner, who has lost his last seven matches against Djokovic, could await in the last 16.

Denis Shapovalov has an opportunity to make a deep run (PA Images)

With seventh seed David Goffin facing big-serving Reilly Opelka in the first round – assuming Opelka has recovered from the knee injury that saw him retire against Tsitsipas on Wednesday – opportunity knocks for another quarterfinalist. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has been spinning his wheels in 2020, but he’s got a good opportunity here – unless Filip Krajinovic, who played brilliant tennis to reach the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals, can pull an upset.

Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic (7/25 @ 888Sport to win first quarter)

Second Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) vs Alexander Zverev (5)
Should it come to a quarterfinal clash between these two ATP Finals champions, it’s advantage Tsitsipas – the Greek leads the head-to-head 5-1.

He also looks much more likely to reach the last eight than Zverev. Tsitsipas has warmed up nicely with a run to the semifinals (at the time of writing) at the Western & Southern Open, and if he can safely navigate a first-round clash with savvy Spanish veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas – a former French Open quarterfinalist, but less at home at the US Open – then there are no other players in his path to really threaten before the quarterfinals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has an advantage over fellow ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

That’s not the case for Zverev, who has to deal with former finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round, and a potential rematch with Diego Schwartzman, the tenacious Argentine who knocked him out of the US Open in the round of 16 in 2019, in the third. Big-serving Pole Hubert Hurkacz is also in this section. Overall, this looks like a clear opportunity for Tsitsipas to make a run.

Predicted semifinalist: Tsitsipas (6/5 @ Unibet to win second quarter)

Third quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (6) vs Daniil Medvedev (3)
Medvedev has been at the head of a short list of contenders who could potentially challenge Djokovic for the title, and being placed in the bottom half of the draw – so he can only face Djokovic in the final – has only improved his chances. The 2019 runner-up drew on energy from the New York crowd to fuel his run to the final, and his spirited five-set challenge to Nadal; this year, he can neither draw on them, nor on the lack of expectation which was on his shoulders in 2019. How will he cope?

The Russian played a solid couple of Western & Southern Open matches, but his failure to adapt to his opponent’s tactical shift saw him lose from what looked like a firm winning position – not for the first time. In order to win this title, Medvedev needs to keep his matches short in the first week and he has the draw to do it, opening against Federico Delbonis with Guido Pella in the third round and one of last year’s surprise semifinalists, Grigor Dimitrov, possibly in the fourth – but does he have the focus?

Could Andrey Rublev be the surprise package at this year’s US Open? (PA Images)

At the top of this section, big-serving Matteo Berrettini has only played four matches so far in 2020 so is coming in incredibly light on match fitness; could the 2019 semifinalist be vulnerable to an early upset, possibly at the hands of Casper Ruud or rising Finn Emil Ruusuvuori?
It’s Andrey Rublev who’s the man to watch in this quarter. The Russian is 15-4 in 2020 and made the last 16 of last year’s US Open before losing to Berrettini. If Medvedev is to falter, Rublev is the man to take advantage – but he’s 0-3 against his compatriot.

Predicted semifinalist: Rublev (13/2 @ 888Sport to win his quarter)

Fourth quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Roberto Bautista Agut (8) vs Dominic Thiem (2)
What to make of Thiem’s US Open chances? The Austrian pushed Djokovic all the way in the Australian Open final in January, but a brutal one-sided defeat to Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open has dented his contender status.

Perhaps it was just a fluke – Krajinovic is a very talented player who had a great week – but if Thiem has to play his way into form, that could mean lengthy matches in the first week which could drain his reserves ahead of bigger clashes in the second.

Opening against Jaume Munar, Thiem could face 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the third round, and there are a few potential challenges in the fourth: Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Canadian overdue for a solid run at a major; Andy Murray, who may have a metal hip but also has more experience winning matches than anybody else in the draw save Djokovic; and Dan Evans, who is having a career-best year.

Milos Raonic has looked on good form at the Western & Southern Open (PA Images)

Bautista Agut, meanwhile, impressed with a win over Medvedev to reach the Western & Southern Open semifinals, but he has a tough first round against Tennys Sandgren and looks likely to meet Milos Raonic – who leads their head-to-head 5-0 – in the third round. Another big server, like Karen Khachanov, Sam Querrey or Ivo Karlovic, could lurk for the winner of that one in the fourth. I like Raonic’s chances to make a quarterfinal run, and it looks by no means certain that he’ll meet Thiem there.

Semifinalist: Raonic (4/1 @ William Hill to win his quarter)

US Open 2020 Men’s Singles: Prediction

Semifinals: Djokovic d. Tsitsipas
Rublev vs Raonic

Final: Djokovic d. Rublev