Pospisil, the 29 year-old world ranked no. 146, had already come through two qualifying rounds against the Kiwi Kiranpal Pannu (winning 6-2 6-4) and Denmark’s Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (7-5 6-1), before beating Portugal’s world ranked no. 58 Joao Sousa 6-4 6-2 in the 1st round proper.
The 20 year-old Shapovalov is currently at a career-high world ranking of no. 2 and is the second seed at this tournament behind Italy’s Fabio Fognini. Shapovalov received a bye in the first round, so will come into this match the fresher of the two players.
Head To Head
This will be the first meeting of the Canadian duo on the ATP tour in a singles match, but they know each other well, having played as doubles partners for Canada in their run to the Davis Cup final in November last year.
Vasek Pospisil vs Denis Shapovalov Betting Lines & Prediction
Since the US Open 2019, Shapovalov has moved up a level in his play and achieved some notable results and performances. At the recent ATP Cup 2020 in Australia, Shapovalov took a set off Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and only lost the match on a third set tie-break.
Pospisil is a very capable and dangerous opponent, but Shapovalov looks to be heading for the top of the game and therefore has to be the tip in predictions to win this match.