ATP Cup 2020 – Denis Shapovalov vs Alex de Minaur Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Denis Shapovalov vs Alex de Minaur taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Denis Shapovalov vs Alex de Minaur on? Sunday 5th January, 2020 – not before 00:00 (UK)

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

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

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

Who won the last meeting between Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur? Alex de Minaur beat Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

THE LOWDOWN

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov looks destined for his best season on tour this year after he enjoyed an excellent autumn on the hard courts, culminating in a Paris Masters runners-up trophy when he lost to Novak Djokovic.
  • The young Canadian reached a career-high 15th in the world after that tournament and then went on to perform admirably at the Davis Cup, where he and Vasek Pospisil (and later Felix Auger-Aliassime) carried Canada all the way through to their first final in the tournament.
  • 20-year-old Shapovalov lost to Alex de Minaur, whom he faces here in a successive international competition, and Rafael Nadal in the final during his Davis Cup campaign but he was undoubtedly the driving force for Canada with three singles wins and two doubles wins for his country.

ALEX DE MINAUR

  • Alex de Minaur came back from a set down against Alexander Zverev to win in three in Australia’s first tie with Germany here at the ATP Cup in an immensely strong Group F.
  • De Minaur won all three of his Davis Cup rubbers back in November last year but Australia ultimately lost out to Canada in the doubles decider, with this tie also on a knife-edge as Nick Kyrgios and Felix Auger-Aliassime face off before them.
  • 20-year-old De Minaur quietly went about winning three ATP titles last season, starting in Sydney this time last year before winning in Atlanta and at the Zhuhai Open in China later on.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these players could, and should, have excellent years on tour in 2020 – with Denis Shapovalov especially moving up several gears towards the end of 2019 into a real candidate for the top 10 this year. De Minaur, too, could break that sacred rank as the next generation truly start to emerge. Their last match went the way of the Australian, but the tie was Canada’s to take into the semi-finals. This is an incredibly difficult match to predict as both are playing so well but it will surely fall to a deciding set once more where Shapovalov might just edge it this time. Especially if the previous match makes this a must win.

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