Both players claimed significant scalps in their first matches at this tournament, with Shapovalov beating Greece’s world no. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) and de Minaur winning 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 against Germany’s world no. 7 Alexander Zverev.
Denis Shapovalov vs Alex de Minaur – Last Meeting
The pair met just a couple of months ago at the quarter-final stage of Davis Cup 2019, in a tie that Canada won 2-1 en route to a fantastic run to the final where they were eventually beaten by host nation Spain.
On that occasion it was actually de Minaur who came out against Shapovalov in Madrid though, with the 20 year-old Australian prevailing over three sets, 3-6 6-3 7-5.
The pair met once prior to that in a Challenger and Futures qualifying event on grass at Surbiton in London, in which Shapovalov won 6-4 3-6 6-3.
Shapovalov vs de Minaur Betting Lines & Prediction
Alex De Minaur is currently ranked 18 on the ATP, with fellow 20 year-old Denis Shapovalov just a few places higher at world number 15. What that indicates is that this is a match between two of the most promising players in the men’s game at present.
Shapovalov was superb in the latter months of 2019 and looks to have started 2020 in similar fashion, so he’s the tip to maintain that run in our ATP Cup 2020 predictions for this match.