2019 Paris Masters – Gilles Simon vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Gilles Simon vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France

When is Gilles Simon vs Denis Shapovalov on and what time does it start? Monday 28th October, 2019 (UK)

What channel is Gilles Simon vs Denis Shapovalov on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Gilles Simon vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Gilles Simon vs Denis Shapovalov? https://www.rolexparismasters.com/uk#block-generic-core-catalogue

THE LOWDOWN

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GILLES SIMON

  • Gilles Simon beat old foe Feliciano Lopez in the first round of the Vienna Open before losing out to Aljaz Bedene last time out, but the Frenchman did well to reach the European Open quarter-finals the week before.
  • Simon is hovering just on the positive side of a 27-26 record for 2019 as he sees out his 17th season on the tour since turning professional in 2002.
  • The 34-year-old is ranked a respectable 50th in the world right now, having been as high as sixth just over ten years ago, as he enters his 14th Paris Masters here.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov beat Filip Krajinovic to win the first ATP title of his career at the Stockholm Open last week and he has quietly come into great hard-court form over the last few months.
  • Since the US Open, the young Canadian has reached the semi-finals or above in two of his five tournaments, losing out to the likes of Novak Djokovic, David Goffin and an in-form Pablo Carreno Busta along the way.
  • 20-year-old Shapovalov has lost in the first round of the Paris Masters to Frenchmen in his previous, and only, two appearances here to Julien Benneteau in 2017 and Richard Gasquet a year later.

THE PREDICTION

Denis Shapovalov is looking for his first Paris Masters win and there is a certain level of fate in his facing a third consecutive Frenchman, this time Gilles Simon, in the first round. Simon’s best years are behind him but he still poses a threat to plenty of players on the tour, and the home crowd will certainly give him that extra je ne sais quoi against the in-form youngster. However, Shapovalov has been playing well on the hard courts for the last few months and a title win in Stockholm this month will put him in good stead to make a deep run at this tournament.

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