Fabio Fognini and Denis Shapovalov meet in the opening match of the Davis Cup Group F tie between Italy and Canada on the indoor hard courts at La Caja Mágica in Madrid on Monday.
This promises to be a hard-fought encounter, with the Italian 32 year-old veteran Fognini currently ranked 12 in the world at present, while the 20 year-old rising Canadian star Shapovalov is now up to no. 15 in the world rankings.
The players have met twice previously, with Shapovalov winning on both occasions. In August 2018, Shapovalov won 6-3 7-5 in the second round of the Rogers Cup on the outdoor hard courts at the Aviva Centre in Toronto.
The second meeting was very recently, with Shapovalov beating Fognini 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the second round of the 2019 Rolex Paris Masters on the indoor hard courts at the Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris at the end of October.
It was a tournament that saw Shapovalov go all the way to the final, before eventually losing to Novak Djokovic. It maintained the youngster’s excellent form in recent months, with him having won his first ATP Tour title in Stockholm and reached the semifinals in Winston-Salem and Chengdu.
Fabio Fognini vs Denis Shapovalov Betting Lines & Prediction
So, with regards to tennis betting predictions, Denis Shapovalov is the man with the advantage in the head-to-head (including a win approximately three weeks ago) and he is also the player in the best current form.
That’s reflected in the Match Result betting lines, where Shapovalov can be backed at odds of -220 (1.46) with 888Sport, with the line on Fognini at +170 (2.70) at 888Sport.
For the tip we go to the ‘Total Games’ betting market though. Both previous matches have been fairly competitive and this looks likely to be much the same, so the -110 (1.91) at 888Sport for Over 22.5 games appeals.