Denis Shapovalov and Joao Sousa are going to clash in the first round in Auckland on Monday at 7 pm local time (1 am EST)
Currently ranked no.27, Shapovalov is not playing for more than 2 months as his last match was the 29th of October when he lost in the first round in Paris to Richard Gasquet. The Canadian was visibly tired by the end of the year and he, therefore, had to recharge his batteries.
Ranked no. 44, Joao played his last match on the 30th of October in Paris where he lost in the second round 7-5 6-1 to Novak Djokovic.
Denis and Joao have never played each other so far. The Canadian is the favorite, but it’s still the first match of the year for them. Everything can happen.