The Paris Masters will end on Sunday with a title match between Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian is through to the second final of his career after winning the Stockholm Open last month. He has enjoyed some good results in Paris.
Shapovalov’s run in Paris
The 20-year-old defeated Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini in the opening rounds of the tournament. The win over Zverev was his first victory over the German player after losing in their last three meetings. Denis proceeded to the quarterfinals to face Gael Monfils. The Frenchman needed to win the match to book the final spot in the ATP Finals. Gael and Matteo Berrettini entered the tournament in contention for the remaining qualifying position in London. Berrettini fell behind in the qualification race after he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round. A win by Monfils in his match against Shapovalov would have secured his appearance in London. However, the world No.28 defeated the Frenchman in straight sets to end his dreams of playing in the finals. Instead, current world number nine, Berrettini will be the eighth participant in the men’s end of year tournament.
He’d better get me a bottle of wine
Speaking after the match, Shapovalov said he was aware of the implications his victory had in the race for the ATP finals qualification. The 20-year-old was happy to have won the match against Monfils but said he was sad for the Frenchman. He congratulated Berrettini for qualifying for the tournament. Denis joked that the Italian player would have to buy him a gift after he helped him qualify. “He better get me a bottle of wine or something or a small gift.” Matteo will be the first Italian player to play in the finals since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978.
Shapovalov will play in the final of the Paris Masters against Djokovic. The Canadian qualified after Nadal withdrew from the tournament because of an injury. The Spaniard suffered an abdominal injury during practice and chose to withdraw and focus on the finals in London next week. Denis will aim to win a match against Djokovic for the first time in his career. The two have played three times this year with the world number one winning all the matches. The Serbian is the favorite to win the match and capture his fifth title in Bercy. A win for the Serbian will also improve his chances of winning the battle for the number one ranking against Nadal.
Shapovalov in Paris, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.28, Denis has a 33-24 win-loss record in 2019. The Canadian is currently having a run in Paris where he bested Gilles Simon 2-2 ret., Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-3 6-3, Alexander Zverev 6-2 5-7 6-2, Gael Monfils 6-2 6-2 and Rafael Nadal w/o.
The Canadian will face Djokovic in the final. The head to head is 3-0 for Djokovic.
The last time that they fought against each other, Djokovic won 6-3 6-3 in the 2nd round in Shanghai on the 09th October 2019.
Denis conquered 1 title in 2019 in Stockholm.
Matteo Berrettini’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.9 (career-high), the Italian played his last match on the 30th of October when he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3 in the 2nd round in Paris.
This year Berrettini has a 46-21 win-loss record. Matteo conquered 3 titles in 2019 in the Phoenix Challenger, in Budapest and in Stuttgart. Berrettini was the finalist in Munich.
Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini played each other 1 time. The head to head is 1-0 for Shapovalov.
The last time that they squared off, Denis Shapovalov won 7-66 4-6 6-0 in the 2nd round in St Petersburg on the September 2018.
Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini
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