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What's the difference between "I would've never believed that he would win that match" VS "I had/have never believed that he would win that match"

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The first one would be used if the person had won the match, and you were expressing surprise. "I would never have believed..." is the more usual version.

Your second example is not very idiomatic, but it's just a statement of your opinion.

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