A long first set to be expected when two serve oriented players in Denis Shapovalov and Alexei Popyrin face off in lively indoors conditions?
<div><h2><b>Denis Shapovalov (4) vs. Alexei Popyrin</b></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/world/atp/atp-stockholm-sweden-men-singles/denis-shapovalov-vs-alexei-popyrin-3953157/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Thursday, October 17, Stockholm</strong></a></p><p>The Israel-born Canadian Denis Shapovalov has been making big waves for a few years now. A junior Wimbledon Champion in 2016, the big ATP breakthrough came the year after where the mighty Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal were upset enroute to a Montreal Masters semifinal. Possessing enormous weapons in his big serve and ballstriking, the Canadian was believed to become a global superstar in no time at all. Though the pathway hasn´t been quite as straightforward thus far, Shapovalov is very capable indeed. Currently ranked world no. 34, the 20-year old has been enjoying better form after what looked at times a brutal year, after hiring former world no. 8 Mikhail Youzhny as coach. Despite coming into the tournament as one of the title favourites, his travel situation is concerning, playing Laver Cup in Europe to then play three weeks in Asia.</p><p>Alexei Popyrin is another young talent, and one who has taken strides in his development over the past two years. The 20-year old Aussie would from world no. 621 to 147 in 2018 after a Jinan Challenger title and bright showings at this time last year, qualifying to make the first round here, and doing the same to reach the last 16 in Basel. This season has been another bright one for Popyrin, who notably upset Dominic Thiem to reach the third round of the Australian Open. In his first full season playing mainly ATP level tennis, the Aussie has impressed in qualifying for a plethora of main draw showings, and defeating many established players along the way. Alexei played well to almost upset Matteo Berrettini in the third round of the US Open, the latter who we know then went on to make the semifinals. Standing at 196cm tall, the lanky 20-year old possesses a huge serve, hits the ball well off the ground - and is a surprisingly nimble mover for his large stature.</p><p>It´s a tricky first round for Shapovalov here coming in off extended travel, and we saw fellow Laver Cup teammate Taylor Fritz fall rather meekly in his first round matchup in the tournament. The Canadian is quite the serve orientated player, holding at an 85.2% rate over the last 12 months on hard court, whilst breaking at a farily low 19.2 % clip. Popyrin is also a serve oriented player, holding at an 82.3% clip and breaking at only 14.7% himself within that same period. As the Aussie has already qualified well and played a first round matchup here, he´ll have the advantage of getting acquitted to the conditions. In his first round matchup against the similarly serve orientated Oscar Otte, he hammered down 19 aces, won 83% of first serve points and 56% of second serve points. Both sets went to a tiebreak. With Shapovalov possessing a strong delivery he´ll be tough to break, and it looks quite likely that Popyrin will hold his own on serve in this particular matchup. All things considered, backing the first set tiebreak in lively indoors conditions makes appeal, and at a 3.95 price with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Unibet</a> we´ll invest.</p><p><b><i>Best bet: 1st set over 12.5 games at 3.95 (59/20) with [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Unibet</a>] </i></b><i>1u</i></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" target><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><b>Anastasija Sevastova(6) vs. Kristina Mladenovic</b></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/world/wta/wta-moscow-russia-women-singles/anastasija-sevastova-vs-kristina-mladenovic-3953187/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Thursday, October 17, Moscow</strong></a><br /><br />In the beautifully complex game of tennis, there is room for a plethora of different playing styles to succeed, and Anastasija Sevastova is a player who utilizes a very crafty one. Clever in her point construction, beguiling and frustrating her opponents with deft slices and ankle breaking drop shots, the Latvian has risen to stardom. After breaking into the top 100 three years ago at the age of 26, Sevastova has established herself as a mainstay top 40 player, and last season was arguably her finest yet. Hoisting a title, making two more finals and making the US Open semifinals saw the Latvian surge to a career high ranking of world no. 11. 2019 hasn´t been as kind to the Latvian though, who struggled with viral illness at the start of the year. Anastasija had to wait until July for the first silverware of the year which came on the red dirt at home in Jurmala, Latvia. Since then the 29-year old has struggled for both health (illnesses) and fitness however, with the right shoulder forcing a withdrawal from Linz. In her return to action though, last year´s semifinalist rolled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets.</p><p>Kristina Mladenovic didn´t have it quite as easy in her own first round match. The Frenchwoman has looked in decent shape as of late, in her quest to better her results on the singles circuit. In the first round matchup here in Moscow a tough assignment would await in Yulia Putinseva. She´s one of the craftier players on tour with the ability to frustrate her opponents into mistakes.</p><p>Mladenovic would open proceedings strongly, firing down 3 aces and being dominant behind the first serve delivery, winning 83% of the points behind it. Stepping in and dictating points put the 26-year old in the driver´s seat and she was able to break the Putinseva serve twice, holding on to win the first set 6-4. In the second set, the world no. 45 found her big serves missing, dropping her first serve % from 64% to 56%, tossing in three double faults whilst on the other hand the Kazakh improved. An early break would be enough to take the second set. The decider was incredibly tense, and closely contested. Putinseva would hit a ridiculous "tweener" winner down 40-15 on the Mladenovic serve and rode that momentum to break point in a very tightly contested game. Staving off that opportunity with a powerful forehand winner, the Frenchwoman held on and would break the fading Putinseva to love the game after and wrap up the hard fought win.</p><p>In this contest, Mladenovic again faces a very crafty opponent. Anastasija Sevastova however is more talented than Putinseva, and has the ability to force the Frenchwoman into error after error. That much was apparent in the pairs´ lone recent H2H matchup on the red dirt in Rome last year. Mladenovic burst into tears and expressed she could not continue to embarrass herself, and retired trailing 6-3, 3-0. It´s also the Latvian who leads the way statistically with a 6.7% hold/break edge on hard courts over the last 12 months, along with a 65 point ELO edge. All things considered, the 1.80 price on offer for the Sevastova win at <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">William Hill</a><b><i> </i></b>makes appeal.</p><p><b><i>Best bet: Sevastova to win at 1.80 (4/5) with [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">William Hill</a>] </i></b><i>1.5u</i></p></div>