2019 US Open – Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov on and what time does it start? Thursday 29th August, 2019 – not before 22:00 (UK)

Where is Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Flushing Meadows, New York

What is the expected weather for Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov? Mostly sunny, 27c

What channel is Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov on? The US Open will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime have the rights to the US Open in the UK so it is worth checking their schedule for streaming times

Where can I get tickets for Henri Laaksonen vs Denis Shapovalov? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/ticket_plans.html

THE LOWDOWN

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HENRI LAAKSONEN

  • Finland’s Henri Laaksonen took the first two sets against Marco Cecchinato in their first-round match and then fought back to win the decider, taking all three of his sets in tie-breaks.
  • Laaksonen is through to his third Grand Slam second round of the year after exits to Alex de Minaur at the Australian Open and Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros, while he failed to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon.
  • 27-year-old Laaksonen will play young Canadian Denis Shapovalov for the first time in their second-round match, which is his first at the US Open in his second appearance after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the first round in 2017.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov won the battle of the Canadian youngsters as he quite shockingly beat 18th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in three comfortable sets.
  • 20-year-old Shapovalov broke Auger-Aliassime’s serve six times in three sets and has been quietly working his way into form, losing in the semi-finals of the Winston-Salem Open last week to eventual champion Hubert Hurkacz.
  • Shapovalov reached the round of 16 at the US Open in his debut year as an 18-year-old and lost to an in-form Kevin Anderson in five sets in the third round last year.

THE PREDICTION

Henri Laaksonen fought brilliantly to get past a good player in Marco Cecchinato in five sets, and the rain delays that interrupted Wednesday’s play will have benefited him with the extra rest needed to take on Denis Shapovalov, who looks hungry at this year’s US Open. The Canadian has pedigree at this tournament and his defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime is a mark of his intent to reach the second week at Flushing Meadows once again. He can beat Laaksonen here, but is known to lose focus in the midst of his matches.

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