2020 Australian Open – Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics on and what time does it start? Monday 20th January, 2020 – 00:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics? Thundery showers expected, 22c

What channel is Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics 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 Denis Shapovalov vs Marton Fucsovics? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Denis Shapovalov and Marton Fucsovics? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov is already ranked 13 in the world and will enter the Australian Open full of confidence after earning the first ATP Tour title of his career in 2019 with a win in the Stockholm Open.
  • That win on the hard court at the end of last season will stand him in good stead as he competes in Melbourne for the third time in his short career and he has already impressed in those appearances.
  • Shapovalov overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round in 2018 before falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and he went one better last year as he made it to the third round but succumbed to the might of Novak Djokovic - although he did win a set against the Serb.

MARTON FUCSOVICS

  • Marton Fucsovics faces a tough test against the ever-improving Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Australian Open with the pair meeting for the first time in their career.
  • The Hungarian rose to a career-high world ranking of 31 in the early stages of last season but he has since dropped down to 66 and will be keen to make his way back up to the level he reached at the start of 2019.
  • This will be Fucsovics’ third successive appearance in Melbourne following his maiden presence in 2018 and that proved to be a successful tournament for him having made the round of 16 before he was downed by the class of Roger Federer.

THE PREDICTION

Marton Fucsovics has won four of his six matches in his two appearances in the Australian Open to date but faces an almighty task to improve that record as he faces Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian enjoyed a rapid rise up the rankings last year and ended the campaign in great fashion as he sealed his first ATP Tour title. The Canadian possesses a great record on the hard court and although he will be tested by the Hungarian, Shapovalov should claim a comfortable success.

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