Shapovalov vs Krajinovic ATP Stockholm live streaming, preview and tips – Shapovalov and Krajinovic clash for first ATP title

andrewhendrie in Uncategorized 27 Nov 2019
Denis Shapovalov (PA Images)
Either Denis Shapovalov or Filip Krajinovic will win a maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday when they square off in the Intrum Stockholm final.
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Rising star Denis Shapovalov and former Paris Masters finalist Filip Krajinovic clash for a first ATP title in Stockholm on Sunday.
Shapovalov was 0-7 in ATP semi-finals coming into Stockholm, but he’s snapped that streak emphatically this week, advancing into his first tour-level final without dropping a set in comprehensive victories over Alexei Popyrin, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and Yuichi Sugita. The Canadian was nervous to begin his semi-final against Sugita, perhaps conscious of his poor record at this stage of tournaments, but Shapovalov gradually worked his way into the match, and after he recovered from an early break down in the opening set he stormed away with the match, prevailing 7-5 6-2 as he won 28 of 31 points behind his first serve and saved three of four break points.

“I’ve played a lot of semis it feels like, so it’s really exciting to be into my first final. I’ve had some bad luck, some tough matches in the semis,” Shapovalov said. “But on the other side making the semi-finals is a good sign, so I knew sooner or later the win was going to come, so I’ve stayed pretty patient.”

Shapovalov first burst onto the scene two years ago in Montreal when he conquered Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal to surge into his maiden Masters 1000 semi-final, before reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open and ending his breakout season in the top 50. Shapovalov would go on to reach the Madrid Masters semi-finals the following season and generally did a solid job of establishing himself on the ATP World Tour, reaching more semi-finals in Delray Beach and Tokyo, quarter-finals in Eastbourne and St. Petersburg and making the fourth round in Miami and Rome Masters as he cracked the top 20.
The 20-year-old would make another Masters 1000 semi-final in Miami earlier this season, but he didn’t back-to-back matches again until August, with his ranking dropping to a current mark of No. 34 as a result. Shapovalov lost in the second round of his last two tournaments in Tokyo and Shanghai, but he’s put together a great week in Stockholm and now finds himself one win away from a first ATP title.

Filip Krajinovic (PA Images)

Filip Krajinovic is the man who stands in his way. Unseeded this week in Stockholm, the Serbian opened his campaign with a straight sets win over Casper Ruud before earning a three-set victory over eighth seed Dan Evans. Krajinovic would go on to take out Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarter-finals and Pablo Carreno Busta in the semis to advance into his second ATP final of the season.

“For sure I will give my best. It’s my third ATP final,” Krajinovic said. “I hope tomorrow it’s going to be my first [trophy], but I know it’s going to be very difficult.”

Best known for his stunning run to the Paris Masters final in 2017 which catapulted him into the top 30 for the first time, injuries – as they did before that tournament – played a part in Krajinovic dropping back down the rankings in 2018, but he’s working his way back, and after being involved in an unsavoury split with former coach Thomas Johansson earlier this season, the Serbian has seemingly been galvanised to prove the Swede wrong. Injuries have once again struck Krajinovic down at various stages in 2019, but he’s a very solid 27-15 for the season so far, reaching the third round of the Australian Open, the fourth round at Indian Wells (beating Daniil Medvedev), the third round in Miami, winning the Mouratoglou Open Challenger, finishing runner-up at the ATP Hungarian Open to Matteo Berrettini, capturing the Heilbronn Challenger, making the third round at Roland Garros and advancing to quarter-finals in Montpellier, Metz and Hamburg, coming into Stockholm at No. 60 in the world, which probably doesn’t do justice to his level of play this season.
This will be the first meeting between the pair, and I think it’s going to be an extremely tight clash. Shapovalov and Krajinovic are both brilliant shotmakers and have similar game styles, while they are each going for their maiden ATP title, so nerves might play a factor in that regard. Krajinovic has experience in these situations – could that prove the difference in the end?