On January 23, at 12-30 Moscow time, Zverev will play against Shapovalov in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open. Will Sasha continue his confident winning streak? Bookmakers believe in the German, considering him a clear favorite of the meeting.
Zverev is a 24-year-old German tennis player, the 3rd racket of the world. Last season he won 6 tournaments, including the Tokyo Olympics and the Final ATP Tournament in Turin. He decided to start the year 2022 with the ATP CUP, and won two singles matches out of three there, losing to Auger-Aliassim in three sets. There are no failures at the Australian Open so far: three wins in three games (Altmaier, Millman and Albot) and only two lost games on his serve.
Shapovalov is a 22-year-old Canadian tennis player, the 14th racket of the world. Last year he reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, as well as the finals at tournaments in Geneva and Stockholm. The new season began with a triumph at the ATP CUP as part of Canada: he won two doubles games and two singles matches out of three. At the Australian Open, Denis started with a hard victory over Jere (7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6), Then, in 4.5 hours , he broke the resistance of Kwon Seong-woo (7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2), and in the third round I defeated Opelka (7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Personal meeting statistics
Score in personal meetings: 3-2 in favor of Zverev, on hard: 2-2. Last season we crossed paths at the ATP CUP, and then, in the group stage match, Sasha won a strong-willed victory: 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.
- Semifinals (2020) – Zverev's best result at the Australian Open.
- Shapovalov will play in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.
- Denis played 6 tie-breaks in three rounds at the Australian Open-2022.
Forecast from LiveResult.ru
Shapovalov is a strong and unpleasant opponent, and has already beaten Zverev twice in his career, but now, it seems to us, the forces are not equal. Sasha is in good shape and has not lost a single game in three rounds, but Denis won his three matches with great difficulty, having spent almost 11 hours on the court (against 6.5 hours for the German). We are inclined to a confident victory for Zverev, so we can safely take him with a minus handicap.