ATP Cup 2020 – Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on? Thursday 9th January, 2020 – not before 23:00 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

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

Who won the last meeting between Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov? Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic will be well-rested and ready to go in the ATP Cup quarter-final after he spent just over an hour defeating Chile’s Cristian Garin to secure Serbia’s third tie success.
  • Team Serbia have lost just two matches so far at this tournament as their doubles lost a dead rubber with Chile in their previous match and Dusan Lajovic lost to France’s Benoit Paire in the previous tie.
  • World number two Djokovic holds a 100% win percentage over Denis Shapovalov with four wins all coming last season, including as recently as November in the Paris Masters final.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov secured his second singles win at the ATP Cup with a commanding display over an out-of-sorts Alexander Zverev to come through an incredibly difficult Group F as the second-best runners-up of the tournament.
  • Shapovalov has already beaten two top 10 opponents in the ATP Cup after adding Zverev to his first-round victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and has a 3-1 record over his last two international tournaments if including his win over Matteo Berrettini and loss to Rafael Nadal at the Davis Cup.
  • The 20-year-old could well break the top 10 if he carries on this hard-court form but he will have to up his game of he is to beat Novak Djokovic for the first time, with four losses to the Serb in just under a year.

THE PREDICTION

This should be the toughest of Novak Djokovic’s ATP Cup matches to date against a young player in Denis Shapovalov who can do little wrong on court right now. Shapovalov took a set off the Serb in their first meeting almost a year ago at the Australian Open but has since then lost in three straight-sets defeats. There is the slightest whiff of a shock in this encounter, but Djokovic is likely to snuff it at the first sign. That being said, this could go to a decider before Djokovic takes the match.

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