2019 Australian Open – Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on and what time does it start? Saturday 19th January, 2019 – not before 3:30 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? https://ausopen.com/tickets?da...

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • World number one Novak Djokovic came through his potential banana-skin of a match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three relatively comfortable sets to progress to this third round tie against young prospect Denis Shapovalov.
  • The Serb’s resolve could be questioned after some surprise defeats by rising star Sascha Zverev at the ATP Finals in London back in November and Roberto Bautista Agut at the Qatar open earlier this month.
  • Djokovic has seriously underperformed in his last two Australian Opens, losing to players ranked outside the top 50 in both, including another tricky youngster Hyeon Chung in the fourth round of 2018.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Young Canadian Denis Shapovalov beat fellow rising star Taro Daniel in straight sets to set-up this third round tie, after beating Pablo Andujar in the first round with a similar result.
  • The 25th seed is the world’s highest-ranked teenager in the male game and achieved some big wins in the last year, including Sam Querrey, Fabio Fognini and Stan Wawrinka.
  • The world number 27 has not played his third round opponent Novak Djokovic before, and he could provide a serious test for the six-time former Australian Open champion with his offensive, left-handed play.

THE PREDICTION

Having won the Australian Open six times, which is his most at any one Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic will be deadly serious about this year’s competition following his resurgence via the Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2018. Denis Shapovalov is an exciting prospect as a top 30 teenager and a left-hander, and will look to emulate Sascha Zverev’s emphatic win over the world number one in London back in November. There is a chance the Canadian could snatch the first set here with his explosive style, but that will only focus Djokovic’s elite ability. DJOKOVIC IN FOUR SETS.