The evening session of the last day of the group stage of the ATP Cup features Australia against France and Germany taking on Canada. The former is a match between two teams that are already eliminated, while the latter has both teams with a chance to advance. Who do you think will win?
ATP Cup Day 6 Predictions
Arthur Rinderknech vs James Duckworth
Head-to-head: First meeting
One of these players will leave the ATP Cup without a win in singles. Both players lost to Russia’s secret weapon Roman Safiullin, while Arthur Rinderknech also went down to Jannik Sinner. James Duckworth didn’t play Australia’s first match due to hip soreness. While the Australian will have the advantage of a home crowd behind him, Rinderknech really improved on his opening match performance in the loss to Sinner and simply got more match practice already.
Prediction: Rinderknech in 3
Ugo Humbert vs Alex de Minaur
Head-to-head: Humbert 1-0
Their only head-to-head meeting came two years ago in Antwerp, where Ugo Humbert was able to explore the power difference between the two. The Frenchman’s level has been a bit unsteady in this event so far, even though he managed to score an incredible win over Daniil Medvedev. Alex de Minaur always seems to raise his level when playing in his hometown and with the help of the fans on Ken Rosewall Arena, he should be able to provide another stunning performance.
Prediction: de Minaur in 3
Jan-Lennard Struff vs Denis Shapovalov
Head-to-head: Struff 5-2
It’s a strangely lop-sided head-to-head and with Jan-Lennard Struff not in particularly good form, this would usually be a great chance for Denis Shapovalov to make it a bit closer. However, the Canadian’s ability to perform is under a question mark, having recently contracted COVID-19 and with just one match under his belt here. Struff’s powerful game is a little easier to perform, while Shapovalov relies more on the shotmaking and might need a bit more time to tune it in. It’s going to be a tight and exciting affair.
Prediction: Struff in 3
Alexander Zverev vs Felix Auger-Aliassime
Head-to-head: Zverev 4-1
Alexander Zverev won all of three of the pair’s hardcourt meetings so far. The German has also been the more convincing player in his ATP Cup campaign so far. Felix Auger-Aliassime has managed to make their matches closer over the years, but it’s a rivalry where his rally tolerance is heavily tested. His ability to pass that scrutiny is what might decide the result here. Zverev’s game is pretty much spotless at the moment. It’s hard to see any weaknesses the Canadian can draw on to help his cause.
Prediction: Zverev in 2
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