ATP Cup 2020 – Daniel Evans vs Alex de Minaur Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Daniel Evans vs Alex de Minaur taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is Daniel Evans vs Alex de Minaur on? Wednesday 8th January, 2020 – not before 23:00 (UK)

What channel is Daniel Evans vs Alex de Minaur on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Daniel Evans vs Alex de Minaur? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Daniel Evans vs Alex de Minaur? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Daniel Evans and Alex de Minaur? Daniel Evans beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

DANIEL EVANS

  • Dan Evans finished off a great week at the ATP Cup by comprehensively beating Moldova’s Radu Albot in straight sets as Great Britain took their third tie 3-0.
  • That left a nervous wait for Belgium’s tie with Bulgaria, where David Goffin played immeasurably better against Grigor Dimitrov than he did against Evans to help Great Britain into the quarter-finals.
  • 29-year-old Evans turned pro when Alex de Minaur was just seven years old and he pulled off one of the big results of his 2019 over the rising star when he beat him at the Rogers Cup in August.

ALEX DE MINAUR

  • Alex de Minaur was rested for Australia’s dead-rubber tie with Greece as the hosts were already through to the quarter-finals as Group F winners, though Nick Kyrgios played like the first option in a three-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.
  • 20-year-old De Minaur is up to 18th in the ATP world rankings – a career high – and his form here and towards the end of last season suggests he is on for further improvements in 2020.
  • De Minaur won the Nottingham Challenger title in 2018 over current British number one Dan Evans but in terms of ATP-level status, he is down 0-1 in their head-to-head record.

THE PREDICTION

Both Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie have 1-0 leads over their opponents in this ATP Cup quarter-final, which should prove to be a slightly false statistic by the time Evans and Alex de Minaur take to court. With the tie likely to be 1-0 to Australia once Nick Kyrgios powers past Cameron Norrie, the extra onus on Dan Evans to level the tie could see him flourish. Over the course of this tournament, and the Davis Cup before it, he has grown into a player who no longer looks the underdog against the game’s best. He will put up a real fight against De Minaur, and this should be a match full of quality.

However, Team Australia are living in the moment at the ATP Cup and look destined to face Spain in the semi-finals. This should go to a decider but Alex de Minaur has to be favoured to edge the match. What’s more, the player who takes the first set here could well end up losing it.

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