No. 10 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada and No. 25 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia go head-to-head in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday, 7 July 2021.
Both players are bidding to reach their first Grand Slam semi-final as the winner of this quarter-final tie will progress to face either Márton Fucsovics of Hungary or defending champion Novak Djokovic.
This will be their second-ever meeting and the first one since Shapovalov prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for Team Canada's win in the 2019 Davis Cup semi-finals.
Denis Shapovalov Betting Preview
Making it out of the first round just once in his previous three attempts (in 2018 – when he reached the second round), Denis Shapovalov is on to his second Grand Slam quarter-final. Shapovalov was awarded a walkover victory over Spanish veteran Pablo Andújar Alba in Wimbledon's second round and he has been flawless since.
The 22-year-old Canadian looks really confident at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as he enjoyed a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 win over 8th seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the round of 16.
After a difficult start to his Wimbledon campaign as Denis Shapovalov had to play five sets against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber in the opening round, the Canadian already defeated the two-time champion Andy Murray earlier in the competition and even though the former No. 1 is far from his best days, it's always a morale-boosting event to beat him, especially at his own backyard – Wimbledon.
Shapovalov reached his third final at the 2021 Geneva Open (clay courts) and even though he lost to Norway's Casper Ruud, the Canadian returned to the Top 10 and he enjoyed a fairly decent grass season before Wimbledon.
Unlike his opponent, Shapovalov played more matches in his build-up to the Wimbledon Championship as he started his grass-court swing with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 over veteran Feliciano Lopez but he lost his second match in Stuttgart to Marin Cilic (5-7, 6-7). Thereafter, the top-ranked Canadian reached the semi-finals at Queen's Club with three consecutive wins over Aleksandar Vukic, Feliciano Lopez (again), and Frances Tiafoe, before he suffered a 5-7, 3-6 defeat to Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
Karen Khachanov Betting Preview
With fellow Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, second and fifth seeds respectively, surprisingly losing their fourth-round matches, Karen Khachanov remains the last Russian standing in the competition. Perhaps the most unanticipated scenario as unlike his fellow compatriots, Khachanov was far from impressive in his build-up to the Wimbledon Championships as he won just one and lost two matches during the grass-court swing.
The 25th seed Karen Khachanov had just reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in his career and the 25-year-old Russian will be keen to build on.
Fuelled by momentum, The World No. 29 had to survive an exhausting five-setter with Sebastian Korda and he twice fought back from a break down in the final set.
Karen Khachanov fired 45 winners and 19 aces against the 21-year-old Florida-based player, on the day of his 21st birthday, and had led by two-sets-to-one and a break in the fourth set before eventually coming through in five in nearly a four-hour duel.
In fact, Korda was the third American he had defeated en route to the quarter-finals as Khachanov kicked off his Wimbledon campaign with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over qualifier Michael Mackenzie McDonald and then enjoyed a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Frances Tiafoe in the third round.
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Denis Shapovalov did extremely well to dismantle Andy Murray and Bautista-Agut earlier in the competition and is a -269 Moneyline favorite to reach the semi-finals against odds of +229 on Khachanov with BetOnline. However, the Canadian should prepare for a completely different challenge against the hard-hitting Russian.