2020 ASB Classic – Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil taking place? ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

When is Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil on? Wednesday 15th January, 2020 – not before 6am

What channel is Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil? TennisTV subscribers may be able to stream the match via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil? Click here to reach the ticket section of the official ASB Classic website

Who won the last meeting between Denis Shapovalov vs Vasek Pospisil? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov received a bye through to the round of 16 at the ASB Classic in Auckland off the back of a successful ATP Cup campaign that saw him reach a career-high on Monday of 13th in the world rankings.
  • Shapovalov won two and lost two of his four singles matches at the ATP Cup to start off the year but his wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th) and Alexander Zverev (7th) suggest he could be making his way into the top 10 sooner rather than later.
  • In fact, Shapovalov became the first player to take a set off Novak Djokovic, part of the ATP Cup-winning Serbia team, in the quarter-finals and the 20-year-old Canadian should be watched closely at the incoming Australian open.

VASEK POSPISIL

  • 29-year-old Vasek Pospisil came through the qualifiers to beat Joao Sousa in the first round of the ASB Classic as he continues his long journey back to a truer ranking than his current undervaluation at 146th in the world.
  • Pospisil will face fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov for the very first time here in Auckland, less than two months since he battled alongside his compatriot at the revamped Davis Cup in Madrid.
  • Pospisil’s three singles wins, and later two doubles wins alongside Shapovalov in the quarter and semi-finals of the Davis Cup, helped bring Canada a first Davis Cup final in their history.

THE PREDICTION

Less than two months on from a historic Davis Cup final loss to Rafael Nadal and Spain, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil will face each other for the first time in their careers here. Pospisil stepped into the second-option shoes of Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Davis Cup and played out of his skin to give Denis Shapovalov the upper-hand in all but one of his matches in Madrid, and the pair made an excellent doubles team – more so, it must be said, than the combination of Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime at the ATP Cup. However, battle lines are drawn here between friends and compatriots, and Denis Shapovalov is on a tear right now that should see him win this tournament. Pospisil, though, knows enough about his game to take a set.

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