Denis Shapovalov Handed Tricky Stuttgart Path | ATP Tour


Denis Shapovalov, Hubert Hurkacz and Felix Auger-Aliassime all headline at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, which heralds the start of the grass-court swing on Tuesday.

Shapovalov, who reached his third ATP Tour final at the Gonet Geneva Open (l. to Ruud) prior to Roland Garros, features in the top half of the draw alongside fourth seed Alex de Minaur and fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. Shapovalov has an 0-2 record against both players in their ATP Head2Head series.

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The 22-year-old Canadian, who has a 15-12 record on the season, will meet Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez or Australia’s Alexei Popyrin, who captured his first tour-level crown in February at the Singapore Tennis Open (d. Bublik).

De Minaur, the Antalya Open titlist (d. Bublik) in January, challenges Argentine Guido Pella or compatriot Jordan Thompson, while Qatar ExxonMobil Open winner Basilashvili faces German wild card Dustin Brown, who has beaten Rafael Nadal (2015 Wimbledon) and Alexander Zverev (2019 Stuttgart) on grass courts. Former World No. 3 Marin Cilic, the 2012 and 2018 cinch Championships titlist, is also in the top half of the draw.

World No. 20 Hurkacz, who has a 15-9 record on the season that includes the Delray Beach Open by crown (d. Korda) and his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Sinner), challenges wild card Dominic Stephan Stricker or a qualifier in his first match.

The second-seeded Pole could meet Sam Querrey in the last eight, should the big-serving American get past France’s Adrian Mannarino, while third-seeded Canadian Auger-Aliassime or six seed Ugo Humbert of France are potential semi-final opponents.

Auger-Aliassime, who went 4-6 on the spring European clay-court swing, will look to improve upon his 14-10 record this year against France’s Gilles Simon or Lloyd Harris of South Africa in the second round. Humbert opens up against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the first round.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who have an 11-9 record as a team in tour-level finals, headline the doubles field, which includes Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

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