Denis Shapovalov (@1.75) vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (@2.1)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Denis Shapovalov will win
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Denis Shapovalov – Felix Auger-Aliassime Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

42 in the ATP Rankings, will be going for his first win at his home Grand Slam. Fognini, who made the fourth round in New York in 2015, is trying to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final this fortnight (Roland Garros 2011), while Opelka, No. Fognini has proven himself one of the best baseliners in the world, cracking the Top 10 for the first time this year, but will he be able to get into enough rallies against the big-serving Opelka?

His continued ability to make magic for a week at a time remains unparalleled. His return to play for the first time since his tough three set loss in the Miami Open round of 16 is shrouded in uncertainty about his physical condition. If hes at 100% or anything close, he is the favorite against big-serving, hard-hitting Struff. Kyrgios has had one significant result in 2019: his title win at the Mexican Open. En route to that title he defeated Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, and Alexander Zverev. Since that victory, he has failed to generate any momentum and continued to struggle physically.

The US Open draw ceremony was held Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with one of the highlights being third seed Roger Federer getting drawn into defending champion Novak Djokovic's half of the draw. But there are plenty of reasons to watch the action from the first match, and ATPTour.com examines five of the first-round matches to watch.

Rublev also will be able to rely on past good memories in New York, having reached the 2017 quarter-finals (l. to Nadal), becoming the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001. The 21-year-old Russian, who missed three months last year (back), upset Roger Federer in straight sets at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and is playing in the quarter-finals at this week's Winston-Salem Open. Rublev, meanwhile, could hardly have envisioned a better North-American hard-court swing.

Dog of the day

The Canadian has grown in confidence as the season has progressed with positive results. At 64, Auger Aliassime is athletic as well as strong with his groundstrokes and court coverage. Felixs 2018 ending in disappointing fashion with recurring health issues, leading to heart surgery in the off-season. However, the 18 year old has come back strong and healthy, qualifying for the Rio Open finals on clay in February and the Miami Open semi-finals as well.

It has been a summer of some frustration for Shapovalov. A defeat in four sets to Benoit Paire in the second round at the Championships was a disappointment, and he offered little challenge to Nishikori in Washington in the third round. He then played superbly to beat Jeremy Chardy and Fabio Fognini in Toronto before losing to Robin Haase in the third round. He also reached the third round in Cincinnati, but lost to another countryman, Milos Raonic.

The Swiss legend has played great tennis this tournament, easing his way through earlier opponents then blasting his later-round challengers off the court. Shapovalov is another young Canadian future star. We are seeing the Federer of old in Miami, and its quite refreshing to see. For right now, though, Federer is the much better player. He doesnt have the same upside as his younger compatriot, either.Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'01McgSlgRlZe9Wm9zT6SOw',sig:'b9AopCpf6FeZEZPGMUJK7GarcSVOqAW2W_aj5oXWIcE=',w:'396px',h:'594px',items:'1138956785',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});As Federer gets a little older and Shapovalov gets a little better, the Canadian may soon be the favorite in this matchup. He reached his best before Auger-Aliassime did, with a huge run at the Canada Masters two years ago.

However, the official head to head is 1-0 for Shapovalov since they faced each other only once at a pro level and that was the 1st round of the US Open when Felix had to withdraw when he was 7-5 5-7 4-1 down for a heart-related problem. Denis and Felix are great friends, and they played each other many times.

Thiem will fight for his place in the draw but could be caught out if Shapovalov starts at pace, with the crowd able to pull the youngster over the line. On paper this match would appear to be a hotly-contested defeat for Denis Shapovalov, but the home support for the Canadian, coupled with Thiems terrible 0-5 record here in five years swings it in Shapovalovs favour. The 20-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance in his young career, and might do well in the shadow of new Canadian starlet Felix Auger-Aliassime, while Thiems win in Austria on Saturday might lessen the Austrians focus here, especially as he has received the bye.