2020 Australian Open – Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? Light rain expected, 22c

What channel is Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime 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 Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime 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 Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Ernests Gulbis vs Felix Auger-Aliassime? Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

ERNESTS GULBIS

  • 31-year-old Ernests Gulbis came through the qualifiers to reach the first round of the Australian Open as he makes his 10th appearance in the main draw of this Grand Slam.
  • The world number 265 is a false statistic at this ranking as a former top 10 player back in 2014 but he has not won a match at tour level since the Los Cabos Open in Mexico last July.
  • Gulbis lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime on grass at the Stuttgart Open last summer but the Canadian was arguably in a better patch of form than he is at the start of this tournament.

FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME

  • Felix Auger-Aliassime did not enjoy his time at the inaugural ATP Cup, where he lost three of his four singles matches as Team Canada exited at the quarter-final stage, but he did win two doubles rubbers.
  • The 19-year-old remains the highest-ranked teenager in the ATP world rankings at 22nd but he is no longer the only man born this millennium in the top 100 as Italy’s 18-year-old Next Gen Finals winner Jannik Sinner is 82nd.
  • Auger-Aliassime could not make it through the qualifiers here last year before his debut Grand Slam appearance at Wimbledon later that year, with a third-round exit his best showing to date.

THE PREDICTION

Ernests Gulbis had an incredibly difficult year in 2019 but has made his way through some potentially difficult qualifying matches to be here at the Australian Open and has pedigree as a former world number 10. However, young Felix Auger-Aliassime will come into this first match off the back of a close three-set defeat to Andrey Rublev in Adelaide and with some kind of form now he should see the second round.

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