Interesting stuff in Auckland as Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov, Hubert Hurkacz, and John Isner are the top betting favorites although the seed no.1 is Fabio Fognini.
According to Bet365, Dennis Shapovalov (4.00), the seed no.2, is the top favorite to conquer the prestigious ATP250 in New Zealand, followed by Khachanov (5.00), Hurkacz (8.00), and Isner (10.00). Fognini is considered only as the 5th favorite (11.00).
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Denis Shapovalov’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.13 (career-high), Shapovalov played his last match on the 10th of January when he had to bow to Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-1 7-64 in the quarter in the ATP Cup.
Karen Khachanov’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.16, Karen played his last match on the 11th of January when he was defeated by Dusan Lajovic 7-5 7-61 in the semifinal in the ATP Cup.
Karen Khachanov’s most significant accomplishment of the current year was getting to the semi-finals in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney.
Denis Shapovalov and Karen Khachanov played each other 1 time. The head to head is 1-0 for Shapovalov.
The last time that they locked horns, Denis Shapovalov won 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the Rubber 2 in 2 (Davis Cup, Finals, SF, RUS) in November 2019.
Hurkacz in Auckland, ranking, and results in 2020
Ranked no.34, Hurkacz has a 4-0 win-loss record in 2020. Hurkacz is currently playing in Auckland where he ousted Lorenzo Sonego 7-5 6-3.
Hubert Hurkacz will compete against Ymer in the 2nd round. They have never played each so far on the main tour.
The last time that they fought against each other, Ymer won 6-2 6-2 in the 1st round in U.S. Open (juniors) (U.S. Open (juniors)) in September 2014.
John Isner’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.20, Isner played his last match on the 7th of January when he lost to Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-65 in the round robin in the ATP Cup.
Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner played each other 1 time. The head to head is 1-0 for Isner.
The last time that they competed against each other, John Isner won 6-4 6-4 in the 2nd round in Washington (Citi Open) in July 2019.
Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov
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