Denis Shapovalov vs. Dominic Thiem
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:00 AM (Palexpo)
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In the 2019 Laver Cup, Dominic Thiem (Team Europe) is set to play against Denis Shapovalov (Team World).
Dominic Thiem last played at the US Open where he was eliminated in the opening round. Despite the result at Flushing Meadows, it has been a strong few months for Dominic Thiem as he won the Austrian Open and made the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup. The 2019 season has been massive for Dominic Thiem as his performance at the French Open has established himself as one of the best in the world. This will be the second time that Dominic Thiem will be playing at the Laver Cup and he should be confident as he has a 1-0 record at this event.
Looking at his opponent, Denis Shapovalov had a modest US Open campaign as he lost in the third round to Gael Monfils. It was a strong North American leg for Shapovalov as he made the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open. Similar to Thiem, this will be the second time that Denis Shapovalov plays at the Laver Cup. Shapovalov has a record of 0-1 at the Laver Cup after he lost his match in 2017.
Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov have played each other twice in the past. Dominic Thiem has won both prior head-to-head matches. The most recent match between Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov was earlier in the season at the Rogers Cup where Thiem won in 3 sets. Thiem also defeated Shapovalov in 2018 at the Mexican Open.
Denis Shapovalov is a very exciting player but he has not shown the consistency of a top player. Dominic Thiem has been very strong over the past 18 months and following a strong clay-court season, the Austrian is looking in good form. Thiem defeated Shapovalov very recently and I see the Austrian repeating that result in this match.