May 13, 2022 5:08 AM
Adam Evans

Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud – Quarter-Final – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Italian Open

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THE FACTS

When is Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud on and what time does it start? Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud will take place on Friday 13th May, 2022 – not before 14:00 (UK)

Where is Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud taking place? Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud will take place at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy

What surface is Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud being played on? Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud will take place on an outdoor clay court

Where can I get tickets for Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud

What channel is Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud on in the UK? Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud will be televised live on the Amazon Prime app on Smart TVs

Where can I stream Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud in the UK? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud live on Prime Video, while Tennis TV subscribers can also stream the match live

THE LOWDOWN

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

World number 16 Denis Shapovalov beat Rafael Nadal from a set down on Thursday, avenging a tight three-set loss to the Spaniard last season in Rome. The 23-year-old has impressed this week at the Italian Open after showing flurries of some returning form at the Madrid Open last week and he should be fully dialled-in to the tournament now after taking out the pre-tournament favourite, who was admittedly hampered by an injury. Shapovalov reached the semi-finals of the Italian open back in 2018 before a three-set defeat to eventual runner-up Diego Schwartzman.

CASPER RUUD

World number 10 Casper Ruud looked more assured in a straight-sets victory over Jenson Brooksby on Thursday after suffering some difficult defeats over the last few tournaments. The 23-year-old owns seven ATP titles to his name, six of which have come on his favoured clay surface, but he has yet to really dominate the main clay swing on tour with most of his titles coming in the early South American run (including Buenos Aires back in February) and the smaller European swing later in the summer. Ruud won three titles in three weeks last season on clay at the Bastad Open, Gstaad Open and Kitzbuhel Open.

THE PREDICTION

This will be a really interesting quarter-final clash between raw talent Denis Shapovalov, coming off one of the best wins of his career, and clay specialist Casper Ruud whose full powers looks to be returning. Ruud won their only previous meeting in the final o the Geneva Open last season in straight sets on clay but Shapovalov is the player with higher ceiling and well capable of blasting opponents aside when his powerful serve and high-risk shot-making all comes together. Given their previous match, taking Ruud to win at least a set looks the sensible move here. Two of Shapovalov’s three matches have gone the distance so far this week.

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