Del Potro and Shapovalov have both won a game apiece against one another and the Argentine won the last meeting in Auckland on a hard court. Shapovalov encountered a poor clay season and without much success on grass, expect the more experienced Del Potro to advance to the next round at Queen’s Club.
Kyle Edmund will have home support as he faces a tough challenge against the top-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas at Queen’s Club. This will be the first meeting between the pair and Edmund has struggled with a knee injury recently so expect the Greek world number six to beat the Britain in the first round at Queen’s.
The United States have suffered a poor two years since claiming the 2017 Gold Cup as they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They have numerous new players in their squad which will help them attempt to begin righting the wrongs of that ill-fated campaign ahead of the 2022 qualifiers.
Pre-tournament favourites England face a difficult opening contest against France with both teams capable of going all the way in this year’s European Under-21 Championships. Neither side will want to begin with a loss as that could be devastating in this format.
Panama have not won a game since April 2018 which was ironically against their opponents in this game. Trinidad and Tobago are also out of form having failed to win any of their last four matches but Panama are the side able to put their losing streak behind them here.
Both Romania and Croatia are appearing at their first European Under-21 Championships for numerous years and will be looking to make an early impression. It is going to be an uphill task for both teams having been placed in a tough group alongside pre-tournament favourites England as well as France.
Australia were staring down the barrel of a shock exit from the Women’s World Cup but a superb response to going two goals down to Brazil saw them claim a vital victory and they can now build on that performance as they look to seal a place in the last 16.
Peru had to settle for a draw against Venezuela in their opening game of the Copa America but will see a clash with Bolivia as the perfect chance to secure their first win of this year’s competition. The Bolivians have failed to win any of their last eight matches and will struggle to pose a threat in this one.
Brazil were on their way to qualifying for the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup but after throwing away a two-goal lead, they must now take at least a point from their final Group C match against Italy to ensure they progress to the knockout stages.
Afghanistan continue to struggle to compete at this level and that has largely been due to the pitches not favouring their spin trio and their batsmen being unable to cope with elite bowling attacks.
Jamaica have done well to defy the odds in the last two Gold Cups and will be looking to do so again as they attempt to go one better after they were runners-up in both 2015 and 2017. They begin their 2019 campaign with a tricky clash against Honduras but should be able to edge it.
Chile will be looking to defend their Copa America title having won the last two competitions but trying to do so in Brazil poses a completely different challenge. Their squad is ageing and this may be the final tournament they are together with several of their players heading towards the back end of their careers.
Curacao and El Salvador are two evenly-matched teams and will come face-to-face in their opening Gold Cup match. Both teams are capable of winning with little between them but it’s El Salvador that can be the side to edge it if the spoils are not shared.
This match is virtually a must-win game for both of these teams and they need the points to close on the top four places. Bangladesh have an outstanding record against the Windies lately having won their last four meetings and the Windies are going to have to come up with a different game plan against them.