Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Denis Shapovalov - 2021 Barcelona Open Third Round
Thursday, April 22nd 2021
TV: ESPN (US); Amazon Prime (UK) Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now!
Denis Shapovalov (7) meets Felix Auger-Aliassime (10) in the third round of the 2021 Barcelona Open on Thursday, April 22nd 2021.
Will Felix Auger-Aliassime continue to improve his game with his new coach Toni Nadal, or will his fellow friend and Canadian Denis Shapovalov come out here ready to get the job done and make his way to the quarter finals?
Felix Auger-Aliassime came through a very tight 3-set match in the second round against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, coming back from a set down to win 4-6/6-3/6-0. This match was very important for FAA as he was able to show us that he can maintain his composure, but we will need to see this from him on a more consistent basis. FAA is definitely going to improve over the next two years, and I am very sure he will begin to put on some more consistent tennis in 2021 with the help of his new coach.
Denis Shapovalov beat Jeremy Chardy in the second round, winning the match in straight sets 6-3/7-5 with no real issues other than the second set where he had to fend off some very tight moments which could have turned the match around for Chardy. Shapovalov will want to build on that performance as he has also not been very consistent in 2021 and he needs to do so in the future if he wants to live up to the hype and keep up with the pack of players he entered the ATP Tour with.
This is going to be the 5th meeting between both players, with the head to head tied at 2-2. They always have very tight matches when they met before, except for their latest encounter where FAA cruised through in straight sets at the 2021 Australian Open. Unfortunately for the more experienced Canadian, Denis Shapovalov, will not get anything out of this match I believe. FAA is the better player on clay courts and he has been building his game better in 2021 to ensure he can actually achieve big things in tennis like the other youngsters. FAA to win.