ATP Cup 2020 – Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov on? Tuesday 7th January, 2020 – not before 00:00 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov? Denis Shapovalov beat Alexander Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Alexander Zverev is having a torrid time of it at the ATP Cup having lost both of his singles matches in Brisbane, most recently to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, though Germany won the tie 2-1.
  • Zverev took the first set of his first match against Alex de Minaur but has since lost four consecutive sets of tennis and it does not get any easier as he faces Denis Shapovalov here.
  • Zverev holds a healthy 3-1 lead over the Canadian in their head-to-head but there was a real shift in momentum in their last match at the Paris Masters where Shapovalov completely outplayed him to claim his first victory.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov has been in some high-quality encounters so far this week, with an excellent win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first tie before he lost out to Alex de Minaur in the second.
  • The Canadian youngster pushed De Minaur all the way again, as he did in their previous meeting at the Davis Cup back in November, but Canada have now won and lost a tie at the ATP Cup by 3-0.
  • The 20-year-old will fancy his chances at back-to-back defeats of the world number seven after Zverev’s performances have left much to be desired at this tournament.

THE PREDICTION

This could be a massive year on tour for Denis Shapovalov as the young Canadian came from nowhere to upset plenty of players in the latter stages of the season, and there seems like no better time to face Alexander Zverev, whose heart does not seem to be in it when he plays for Germany. Media attention is quite toxic around the German number one at times and it cannot help him here in a team that is pretty robust without him. The doubles partnership of Krawietz and Mies can challenge anybody if a deciding doubles is required, though Jan-Lennard Struff will likely lose to Felix Auger-Aliassime, putting all the more pressure on Zverev. This is tight, but the passion is with Canada here for a Shapovalov victory.

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