2020 Italian Open Second Round – Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Foro Italico, Rome, Italy

When is Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov on and what time does it start? Thursday 17th September, 2020 (UK)

What surface is Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov being played on? Clay

Where can I get tickets for Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov? No tickets are available as the 2020 Italian Open will be played without spectators

What channel is Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Pedro Martinez Portero vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

THE PREDICTION

Although clay is by no means his favourite surface, Denis Shapovalov is carrying plenty of confidence from his run to the quarter-finals in the recent US Open and that showed in his solid 6-2, 6-3 first-round victory over Guido Pella, who is generally known as a specialist on the surface. Shapovalov made 23 winners and won 12 out of 15 points at the net against Pella, so it appears as if the Canadian has made the transition to clay fairly seamlessly. He faces an opponent here who will be match-hardened with Pedro Martinez Portero having come through three rounds of qualifying before beating Sam Querrey in the first round so the Spaniard will be no pushover. Shapovalov’s class should tell though and he is likely to outclass his opponent here in a straight-sets win.

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