A cracker of a contest is on the cards as two futures of tennis from Canada will slug it out at the Australian Open 2021. 11th-seed Denis Shapovalov will lock horns with Felix Auger Aliassime in the Round of 32 encounter that can be labelled as the most interesting match to look out for in the entire tournament.
- Fixture: Denis Shapovalov vs Felix Auger Aliassime
- Date: 12 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 3rd Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $165,228 (USD)
Denis Shapovalov vs Felix Auger Aliassime: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Shapovalov after playing a five-set marathon against Jannik Sinner in the opening round, made a roaring comeback in the next round. The 21-year old crushed local favourite Bernard Tomic in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
On the other hand, Aliassime hasn’t lost a set in the first two matches. After easing past Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the first round, the 20-year old once again demolished his opponent in the form of Australian James Duckworth 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.
Denis Shapovalov vs Felix Auger Aliassime: Head-to-Head
Prior to their meeting in Melbourne, the two players have faced each other on three occasions. Shapovalov leads the head-to-head record 2-1. They last met in the first round of the US Open 2019, where Shapovalov eased past Aliassime in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.
Denis Shapovalov vs Felix Auger Aliassime: Prediction
It is a match where the winner is really hard to predict. Shapovalov hasn’t been that clinical but you have got to admit that he has faced more fancied opponents than his compatriot. Shapovalov may live for another day as he may just edge past Aliassime in what can be a nail-biting contest. Don’t rule out the possibility of a five-set match either.
Match Prediction: Denis Shapovalov defeats Felix Auger Aliassime in a marathon match that may go to the distance.