7. júla 2022

Australian Open: Denis Shapovalov vs Felix Auger-Aliassime

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Denis Shapovalov vs Felix Auger-Aliassime – 2021 Australian Open Men’s Singles Third Round

Friday February 12th, 2021 / 4:00am

Eleventh seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada faces his compatriot, 20th seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Third Round of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. This match is scheduled to be played on Friday February 12th, 2021 at 4:00am EST. They have played four times in the past with Shapovalov winning three times. This is poised to be a very entertaining match, who will win and advance to the Round of 16?

Dennis Shapovalov is a rising star of the ATP Tour and is currently ranked 12. He had an outstanding season in 2020 where he broke into the top 10 for the first time, winning his first career title. He has been in good form here in Melbourne, with a huge five set win over fellow young gun Jannik Sinner in the First Round before cruising to victory over Denis Shapovalov in the Second Round. He has been serving very well and has huge penetrating groundstrokes. As always, if he can keep his focus and limit the unforced errors he will be very tough to beat here and enters this match as the slight favorite.

 

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada has long been considered a future top 5 player on the ATP Tour. Currently ranked 21, he has been as high as #17 before and is incredibly still only 20 years old. He has already had some top 10 wins in his young career and is very consistent at tournaments, but is still awaiting his breakthrough first ATP title win. He has a huge all around offensive game with a big serve, dominating opponents from the baseline. He has not lost a set here at the Australian Open, with comfortable wins over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and James Duckworth. While he enters this match as the underdog he knows his opponent very well and will not be lacking for confidence here.

All signs point towards this match being a blockbuster. The players have similar games with huge serves and groundstrokes, and both have struggled in the big tournaments and losing focus at key moments. It will likely come down to who can keep it together for longer, and that is likely Denis Shapovalov who has matured greatly as a player over the past few months. It can go either way, but my prediction is Denis Shapovalov winning in five tight sets.

Roby.