No. 14 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada will meet Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Laslo Djere match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Laslo Djere Head to Head
Shapovalov won their only meeting in the quarterfinal in Geneva last year.
Shapovalov Will Be Confident After ATP Cup Success
After leading Canada to its maiden ATP Cup title, Danis Shapovalov will now be setting sights on a strong showing at the Australian Open. The fast-improving 22-year-old, who made a stunning run to his first major semifinal at Wimbledon last year, will hope for his best ever showing in the first Grand Slam of the year.
In his last four appearances at the Melbourne major, the World No. 14 has never gone past the third round, having lost at that stage in 2019 and 2021. His run in 2021 ended with a straight sets defeat to compatriot and friend Felix Auger-Aliassisme.
But with the start he has had this season, it seems likely that he will enjoy a deep run in this year’s tournament.
At the ATP Cup, Shapovalov didn’t play in Canada’s first tie of the group stages against the USA, as he was just out of quarantine after having tested positive for COVID-19 on entering Australia. Canada lost the tie 0-3. He featured in the the second tie against the Great Britain, and but couldn’t make an immediate impact, losing his singles match to Daniel Evans in straight sets. Canada, however, managed a 2-1 victory.
The World no. 14, however, pulled off a solid performance against Germany, defeating Jan-Lennard Struff and then played a vital role in the semifinals. Shapovalov edged past Russia’s Roman Safiullin in a closely contested three-set match and then paired with Auger-Aliassime to win the doubles match to take Canada to the final against 2020 runner-up Spain.
Yet again Shapovalov stepped up when it mattered and a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta dashed Spanish hopes a second time and led Canada to its maiden ATP Cup glory.
Ranked No. 14 in the world, Shapovalov is an all-surface player, and he validated that during a 30-23 season last year, when he finished runner-up in Geneva (clay) and Stockholm (hard) and produced his best-ever Grand Slam performance at Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals before falling to Novak Djokovic.
Going by stats, hard courts have been the most productive for him and he will be looking to make a splash in Melbourne.
Djere is 0-4 at Australian Open
The World No. 52 is yet to find his feet on surfaces other than clay. While he has a 61-37 record on his preferred surface, a 14-40 record on hard courts underlines his shortcomings on faster and bouncier surfaces.
A two-time champion on the tour, Djere will be making his fifth consecutive main draw appearance in the tournament but has never won a match at the Australian Open. And things may not change for him this year either as he has been handed a tough first round draw against Shapovalov.
Djere brings a 2-1 2022 record to the tournament, having reached the quarterfinals at the Adelaide International. He won his first-round match against Roberto Carballés Baena and then got a walkover against Corentin Moutet after both were locked at one-set apiece. But a matchup against a superior hard court player in Marin Cilic in the quarterfinal spelled doom for him in the last eight stage.
Djere, who has never returned a losing record on clay since 2017, was 17-11 on the surface last year, but his struggles on hard courts continued, as he finished with a 5-13 record.
Shapovalov v Djere Prediction and Tip
This will be a one-sided affair with Shapovalov dictating terms. A straight sets win for the Canadian seems the most likely outcome.