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Two rising stars who are already among the top 100 in the world, will collide in the opening round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2023. Shevchenko was very solid in the qualifiers and seems ready to go against Wolf who is already well-known in the ATP tour. Whoever wins this one will face world No. 37 Jiri Lehecka in the second round.
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J.J.Wolf vs Alexander Shevchenko – Match Predictions
J.J. Wolf has barely played on clay court in his career but is much more experienced than his opponent. Both players are in Madrid for the first time which makes this match tough to predict.
Wolf to win
Wolf has an excellent serve which will give him some advantage in this match despite it will be played on a clay surface. Wolf has been one of the rising stars of US tennis in the last couple of years and this may be his breakthrough season on the big stage. Shevchenko went through the qualifiers and this will be his first match in the main draw of a tournament of this level. That which makes him more familiar with the surface but, at the same time, more tired. Wolf has a more powerful forehand between the two players and that will be the difference maker.
Over 22.5 games
Shevchenko played three tie-breaks in the four sets he played in the qualifiers in Madrid. Going against a great server as Wolf, this will be another match in which both players would hold their serves for most of the match. Wolf has played in straight sets in 4 of his last 5 matches while the Russian has done that in all of his last five. The stakes of this match will get the best out of both players so there will be not many breaks and probably it will go in the third set.
J.J. Wolf vs Alexander Shevchenko Preview
Wolf is only 25 years old himself but in this match, he will be the more experienced, since Shevchenko will make his debut in the main draw of an ATP 1000 tournament.
The American is 49. in the ATP rankings, 10 spots lower than his career high. He has an 11-8 record so far in the season and 2-1 on clay. Hard court is his main surface and he played only 20 matches on clay so far in his career, winning 11 of them. Two of those wins came in Houston at the beginning of April against Denis Kudla and Jordan Thompson, both in straight sets.
This is probably the biggest match of Shevchenko’s young career since he will make his debut on a tournament of the Masters series. The 22-year-old is ranked 96. at the moment and is 21-13 for the season. The Russian went through the qualifiers defeating Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Antoine Bellier.
Wolf vs Shevchenko Head to Head
This will be the first match between these two players.
J.J Wolf vs Alexander Shevchenko Match Details
- Date and Time: The match will start on Thursday, April 27th at (to be defined)
- Venue: The match will be played on (to be defined).
- Where to watch the match in UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom
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