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Points: 250 for the champion.
Total prize money: $91,625
When: from January 13th to January 18th
Where: ASB Tennis Center in Auckland, New Zealand
Surface: Hard (outdoor)
The ASB Classic at Auckland is one of the ATP’s Tour oldest tournaments.
Last year’s edition was filled with upsets, as veteran Tennys Sandgren defeated wild card entrant Cameron Norrie for his first career ATP title.
The semifinals featured four unseeded players, with all the favorites facing early exits.
While it’s difficult to imagine a similar scenario in this year’s edition, we can’t count this possibility out.
It will be interesting to watch if the fatigue from last week’s ATP Cup catches up to the top players.
Here are the best picks to hoist the trophy at Auckland.
ATP Ranking: #13
2020 Record: 2-2, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $248,500
2019 ASB Classic: First Round
Shapovalov returned to the spotlight in 2019 and will try to reach higher heights in 2020.
He closed out the year in strong fashion, leading Team Canada to a runner-up result in the Davis Cup.
The young star started his year with wins over top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev in the ATP Cup.
He also took one set from Novak Djokovic, but ultimately lost the match.
Shapovalov has a very good shot at winning his first trophy of the year in this week’s tournament.
ATP Ranking: #12
2020 Record: 1-2, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $259,100
2019 ASB Classic: Quarterfinals
Fognini enters this year’s ASB Classic as the top seed following a career year in 2019.
The Italian veteran won his first Masters 1000 title and broke into the ATP’s top 10 for the first time as well.
Fognini was eliminated in the quarterfinals during last year’s ASB Classic.
His well-known quick temper and inconsistent play could always be an issue, making him a risky pick.
At the same time, the veteran is one of the most talented players in this year’s edition and must be considered one of the favorites.
Fognini lost two of his three ATP Cup matches last week but did score a win over fellow ASB Classic entrant John Isner.
ATP Ranking: #16
2020 Record: 4-1, 0 titles
2020 Prize Money: $385,070
2019 ASB Classic: Did not participate
The Russian rising star was expected to have a great year in 2019 following his breakthrough in 2018.
Instead, Khachanov fell down the ranking and dropped out of the top 10 while being overshadowed by countryman Daniil Medvedev.
His bid for a top 10 spot got off to a better start in 2020, with a very good showing in the ATP Cup.
Khachanov helped lead Team Russia to a semifinal appearance, winning four of his five matches.
He failed to win a title in 2019, so there will definitely be some additional motivation for this year.
The odds for the ATP Auckland 2020 winner are offered by DraftKings Sportsbook.
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