Team Germany vs Team Canada - 2021 ATP Cup Round Robin - Doubles Match
Wednesday February 3rd, 2021
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Group A action continues here at the 2021 ATP Cup in Melbourne Australia. Here we have a likely decider in the doubles between Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies (Team Germany) and Denis Shapovalov/Peter Polansky (Team Canada). The match will be played on Wednesday February 3rd, 2021. If our predictions are correct, the tie will be deadlocked 1-1 going into the all-important doubles match. Who will come out on top?
The German team of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies are one of the top doubles pairings here at the ATP Cup and have been very successful on the ATP Doubles Tour. They have won back to back French Open titles in 2019 and 2020. They have been playing together for quite some time and team chemistry will obviously not be a problem. Germany is one of the few teams that have a true "doubles specialist team" here in Melbourne and once they can get at least one point in the singles events they will be in with a very good chance of winning the tie, regardless of the opponent.
Denis Shapovalov and Peter Polansky of Canada are not considered doubles specialists, but they are a very strong team. They have played together on occasion in the past and will know each other's game well. Shapovalov in particular will be tasked with leading from the front and have to play an exceptional match for them to have any chance here. He is a fierce competitor and is quite good at doubles, with a big serve and good hands at the net. Though they will start as the underdogs they do have the best player on the court and here at these team competitions anything can happen on any given day.
Despite the presence of Denis Shapovalov, I expect the Germany team to be victorious here. They have huge doubles experience and more importantly, experience playing together. They are one of the top doubles teams in the world and will be motivated to get their season off to a good start as they gear up for a run at the Australian Open title. Krawietz/Mies to win the tie for Team Germany