ATP Cup 2020 – Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Denis Shapovalov on? Friday 3rd January, 2020 – not before 10:30 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

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

Who won the last meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov? Denis Shapovalov beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas comes into the inaugural ATP Cup as the reigning champion of the previous tournament, the 2019 ATP Finals, where he beat Dominic Thiem in the final.
  • Tsitsipas realistically has the whole expectation of a nation on his shoulders as the world number six as his Greek compatriot Michail Pervolarakis is yet to play a tour-level match.
  • 21-year-old Tsitsipas will face Canada’s current number one Denis Shapovalov with a negative win percentage, having lost to Shapovalov on two out of three previous occasions, both on hard courts.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov was enjoying the form of his young career before the tour came to an end and alongside Vasek Pospisil he then took Canada all the way to their first Davis Cup Final.
  • It will be interesting to see where 20-year-old Shapovalov’s level is in this first encounter of the season after he battled Rafael Nadal all the way in their title-deciding Davis Cup final last November.
  • Alongside a fit-again Felix Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov is representing one of the favourites for the first ATP Cup title with Canada a real force in the future of international tennis.

THE PREDICTION

This looks like the pick of the first round of matches at the inaugural ATP Cup with reigning ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas looking to pick up where he left off. In the same vein, Denis Shapovalov was getting better and better with each passing week in the late season and a return to hard courts should see him get back into his groove quickly. Both of these players could, and should, end the year within the top 10 in the world rankings but while Tsitsipas might be the favourite for this match, the extra international experience Shapovalov gained at last year’s Davis Cup could see him snatch a victory.

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