On Monday, the opening round of the 2023 Australian Open will feature sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime taking on fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil.
During the 2022 season, Auger-Aliassime put up some outstanding performances, winning four titles, including two ATP 500 competitions. The Canadian also contributed to his country’s Davis Cup victory. The 22-year-old began his 2023 campaign at the Adelaide International 1, where his first opponent was Alexei Popyrin. Until the Australian made the deciding break in the ninth game of the first set, it was a closely contested match. In the ensuing game, he maintained his serve to take the set 6-4. Despite Auger-valiant Aliassime’s efforts, Popyrin won the second set in a tie-break to pull off a big shock in Adelaide.
Vasek Pospisil’s 2022 season was hardly noteworthy, but he ended on a high by aiding Canada in their historic maiden Davis Cup victory. During the tournament’s finals, the 32-year-old won one singles match and four doubles matches. Pospisil began the 2023 campaign in the Adelaide International 1 qualifying rounds. The former Wimbledon quarterfinalist defeated John Millman in his opening qualifying round before falling to Roman Safiullin. He then participated in the Adelaide International 2 qualifiers, but Kwon Soon-woo, the eventual winner, defeated him in the first round.
Auger-Aliassime vs Pospisil Match Details
Tournament: Australian Open
Date: January 16
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Round: First round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: A$76,500,000
Auger-Aliassime vs Pospisil Head-to-Head Record
In their matchup, Auger-Aliassime leads 3-1 Pospisil. In their most recent encounter, Pospisil prevailed 7-5, 7-5 in Vienna’s first round of the 2020 Erste Bank Open.
Auger-Aliassime vs Pospisil Prediction
Auger-Aliassime has a really strong forehand and enjoys playing aggressively from the back of the court. Additionally, he possesses excellent court positioning and a serve that may net him several free points through aces. The Canadian will need to exercise caution on Monday, though, since he is prone to careless mistakes. Pospisil also has a strong serve, and he’ll try to capitalise on it as much as possible by getting unearned points. In order to win the match, he should annoy his countryman and make as many mistakes as possible. Pospisil should be rather easy for Auger-Aliassime to overcome.
Prediction: Auger-Aliassime to win in straight sets
Auger-Aliassime Last three performances
- Adelaide International 1: First round- l. Popyrin 4-6, 6-7(5)
- ATP World Tour Finals: Group stage- l. Fritz 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 2-6
- ATP World Tour Finals: Group stage- b. Nadal 6-3, 6-4
Pospisil Last three performances
- Adelaide International 2: Qualifiers- l. Kwon 7-6, 3-6, 3-6
- Adelaide International 1: Qualifiers- l. Safiullin 7-6, 2-6, 3-6
- Adelaide International 1: Qualifiers- b. Millman 7-5, 6-2
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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