Prajnesh Gunneswaran vs Denis Shapovalov Tennis Prediction
Prajnesh Gunneswaran scored two solid wins over Evan King and Christian Harrison in the qualifying stages to advance into the main draw of ATP Stuttgart at the first time of asking. He will now face a North American opponent for the third time this week.
This is the 28-year-old Indian’s first-ever main draw appearance in a tour-level event. He entered the qualifying stages of six such events in the past but failed to get into the main draw in any of them.
Nevertheless, Gunneswaran has posted consistent results in the ITF and Challenger circuits over the past two seasons. He has won 19 matches (19/10) so far in 2018, which earned him two titles at ITF India and An-Ning Challenger.
The 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov’s best moment of his career came on grass as he won the Junior Wimbledon singles title in 2016. He then showcased his ability on this surface by winning seven matches in 2017, including a round of 16 appearance at ATP Queen’s club (as a qualifier).
Shapovalov enjoyed a successful clay season over the last two months by winning seven matches from the possible 12. He also posted his career-best result on clay when he made the semifinal at the Madrid Masters, where he defeated Kyle Edmund and Milos Raonic before losing to the eventual champion Alexander Zverev.
In the pair’s first-ever meeting, Denis Shapovalov is heavily favored to win but having played two matches already in Stuttgart this week could help Prajnesh Gunneswaran make a good start.
Tennis Prediction: Denis Shapovalov 2-0 SET