After exiting this year’s Roland Garros in a wheelchair due to a torn meniscus, Taylor Fritz shocked the tennis world with a surprise run to the third round of Wimbledon. He defeated fellow Southern Californians Brandon Nakashima and Steve Johnson before pushing Alexander Zverev to the brink in a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss.

As incredible as Fritz's turnaround was, it may have actually set him up for failure during the summer hard-court swing. Fritz is a fantastic grass-court player. His huge first serve and sharp backhand return inflict about as much damage on grass as any other shots on tour, and the shortened nature of the points may have masked his true conditioning level. After two strong semifinal appearances in Los Cabos and Atlanta, Fritz suffered three consecutive first-round losses: to Denis Kudla in Washington, James Duckworth in Toronto, and Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Cincinnati.

Perhaps Fritz simply lost some confidence, or maybe he felt the effects of his torn meniscus in a delayed manner. Either way, he hasn’t been playing his best tennis of late.

After handling Salvatore Caruso 6-4, 7-6 (2), on Monday, Fritz will face Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday in front of a home crowd in San Diego. According to the oddsmakers, Shapovalov is just a -2 game favorite. Betting on Shapovalov is always a roller-coaster, but he should be able to hit the ball big enough to keep Fritz on defense.

Any Shapovalov bet—or Fritz bet, for that matter—should be on the smaller side, but after competing against the best players in the world last week in Boston for the Laver Cup, Shapovalov should get the job done on Wednesday against a struggling Fritz.

The Pick: Denis Shapovalov -2 games