2019 Paris Final: Novak Djokovic vs Dennis Shapovalov

Who wins?

  • Djokovic in 2

    Votes: 39 68.4%
  • Djokovic in 3

    Votes: 5 8.8%
  • Shapovalov in 2

    Votes: 5 8.8%
  • Shapovalov in 3

    Votes: 8 14.0%

  • Total voters
    57

Joseph_K

Professional
If he's to have a shot at beating Djokovic tomorrow, Denis* will have to play the best tennis of his career in the final, with no let-ups. Good luck to him!
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
On paper you'd think Djokovic would be favourite but I felt the same way before last year's final as well as Rome 2017 and he flattered to deceive so let's just wait and see what happens before we automatically add another 400 points to his ranking.
 

speedysteve

Legend
Rooting for Shapo (like most of the crowd will be, just cos' wanna see a good match) - nothing against Djokobot.

Expecting the bakery to be dealt by Djokobot (everytime I try to Swype Djokovic - Djokobot comes up).
More from Shapo will be a bonus - let's hope.
 

lud

Hall of Fame
Djoker in two.
Similiar like Shanghai last year.
But, he is gonna be under pressure for sure.
 
On paper you'd think Djokovic would be favourite but I felt the same way before last year's final as well as Rome 2017 and he flattered to deceive so let's just wait and see what happens before we automatically add another 400 points to his ranking.
There's a big difference between those incidents and this one
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Rooting for Shapo, but realistically he has next to no shot here.
41/2019 R32 Shanghai Masters Hard Novak Djokovic Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-3
20/2019 R32 Rome Masters Clay Novak Djokovic Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-3
3/2019 R32 Australian Open Hard Novak Djokovic Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0

We can throw out Rome because Shapo's game in tatters. The Auz Open is probably the best match to use for reference. The score is a bit misleading, but Djokovic basically crushed Shapo.:cry: Nole blinked in the 3rd set and gave away a break of serve and Shapo was off to the races which shows he is a threat if given the opportunity.

Shapo was hitting the cover off the ball coming into the match and Djoko amazing neutralized his game shutting down the winners. I was stunned at just how well he handled Shapo.

Coming into this final Shapovalov is playing much, much better and can actually rally quite a bit. Monfils showed that sheer pushery no longer will work against Shapo who now builds points and even finishes them off at net. Melbourne is still fresh in my mind and so hard to see this one slipping through Djoko's hands.

The one hope for Shapo is that Djokovic is still sick for the final. You can still here it in his voice and he definitely was coasting in his match with Dimitrov only bring the energy and his best at key moments. So if Shapo can hang in the rallies and work the ball as he's done with the rest of the field he does have a chance to force Djokovic to play aggressively in order to shorten points. Djokovic has shown fine signs of doing just that game here (see Tsitsipas match), but I'm not so sure this return to Peakovic 2015/2016 levels is sustainable. For that reason I'm throwing a bomb on this one and going Shapo in 3 with Nole fading at the end.:sneaky:
 
I'm having a difficult time processing Egg losing a tiebreak. :unsure:
Egg has actually lost 4 Tiebreaks this year (record in them is 14-4):

Wimbledon R3 vs Hurkacz 2nd set
Rome SF vs Schwartzman 2nd set
AO 4th vs Medvedev 2nd set
Doha SF vs RBA 2nd set

Against RBA was the only one that he went on to drop the match.

He is 23-6 overall in tiebreakers going back to his revival at Wimbledon 2018. (Other 2 lost TBs were USO 2018 2nd round vs Sandgren 3rd set and Canada 2018 3rd round vs Tsitsipas 2nd set - which he also dropped the match).
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
Egg has actually lost 4 Tiebreaks this year (record in them is 14-4):

Wimbledon R3 vs Hurkacz 2nd set
Rome SF vs Schwartzman 2nd set
AO 4th vs Medvedev 2nd set
Doha SF vs RBA 2nd set

Against RBA was the only one that he went on to drop the match.

He is 23-6 overall in tiebreakers going back to his revival at Wimbledon 2018. (Other 2 lost TBs were USO 2018 2nd round vs Sandgren 3rd set and Canada 2018 3rd round vs Tsitsipas).
I know, but he's won his last eight. I am milking that while the streak is still active. :D
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Shapos erratic playstyle plays well into Djokovic's hands. Djokovic has handled the matchup pretty easily thus far but the job has to get done. Djokovic should have no business losing another final here.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
If we look at stats from Paris and Stockholm that capture Shapo's vein of form....55.5% points won in Paris with 44.4% on return. Stockholm was 57.8% points won with 43.8% return points won, plus a peak Roddick like 74.6% on serve points. I'll be surprised if Canucks don't find his level extremely pleasing, but not sure he matches up well with Djoko. Shapo is definitely in Mad Lad territory entering this match so anything could happen. :p
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
This tournament has been about as interesting as watching paint dry. Shapo has been the most exciting thing to watch so far. My hope is that he manages to make a match of it at least. My ultimate hope is that he holds the trophy at the end of it.
 

TenS_Ace

Professional
I'm happy Shapo made it into the Final against Djoker...Shapo will be getting a good tennis lesson out there Sunday IF he is a life long learner :laughing::laughing:
 
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