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The Japan Open kicks off with a thrilling first-round clash as Ben Shelton takes on Taro Daniel. Their paths cross again after a memorable encounter at Wimbledon earlier this year, where Shelton emerged victorious in a five-set thriller.
Our favourite Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel – match predictions
- 1 Our favourite Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel – match predictions
- 2 Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel: First-round fireworks in Tokyo to renew rivalry
- 3 Key match details
Shelton recently broke into the ATP top 20 and is riding high on his impressive run at the US Open and his stellar performance at the Laver Cup. Meanwhile, Daniel, who qualified for this tournament, is looking to build on his recent successes after reaching the US Open main draw.
2-1 to Ben Shelton @ 29/10 (3.90)
Shelton is the overwhelming favourite to triumph in this meeting and with good reason. As he has broken into the top 20, Daniel barely makes the top 100. However, the American star has struggled to impose himself and his last three matches have been three-set affairs. Their prior meetings in the Wimbledon Championships required a deciding set to separate them and we believe history will repeat itself with Shelton claiming a 2-1 victory and fans getting their money’s worth.
Over 22.5 Games @ 19/20 (1.95)
Shelton’s recent duels have a tendency to feature tiebreakers and going the distance. In his defeat to Sebastian Korda in the Shanghai Masters, there were two tiebreakers and 34 games were played before a decision was reached. Against Jannik Sinner, he profited from getting the better of the Italian in a deciding tiebreaker. While his meeting with Daniel in Wimbledon featured five sets, a tiebreaker was not seen but 47 games were played. As they meet in Tokyo, we anticipate another tough outing with over 22.5 games being played to find a victor.
Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel odds
The first-round clash at the Japan Open presents a notable discrepancy in the statistical odds favouring Shelton. The American sensation boasts a commanding 76.9% chance of clinching victory against his Japanese opponent, Taro Daniel, who has a 29.4% probability of securing the win.
Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel: First-round fireworks in Tokyo to renew rivalry
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Ben Shelton preview
Ben Shelton, the 20-year-old American sensation, is currently making waves on the ATP circuit. His remarkable run to the US Open semifinals captured the hearts of tennis fans worldwide, and his contribution to Team World’s victory at the Laver Cup showcased his prowess. In Shanghai, he displayed his calibre by defeating Jannick Sinner on his way to the quarterfinals. With a top 20 ranking, Shelton is a force to be reckoned with and aims for another deep run in Tokyo.
Taro Daniel preview
Taro Daniel’s journey to the Japan Open began with the qualifiers, where he exhibited resilience. He secured a come-from-behind victory against Jason Jung and followed it up with a straight-set triumph in the qualification final against Rio Noguchi. Since making it to the US Open main draw, Daniel has consistently crossed the first hurdle in tournaments like the Astana Open and Chengdu Open. However, his recent appearance at the Shanghai Masters saw an early exit, and he now seeks to get back on track.
Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel head to head
Shelton and Daniel crossed paths earlier this year at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships, and their encounter was nothing short of a five-set thriller. Shelton ultimately prevailed, and their rematch in the Japan Open promises to be another exciting showdown between two players eager to make their mark on the tennis scene.
Key match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 06:00 GMT on 17 October 2023.
- What is the prize money for the Japan Open 2023? The total prize money for the Japan Open 2023 is $2,013,940.
- Who is the reigning Japan Open champion? Taylor Fritz is the reigning Japan Open champion.
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